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Whether Ani believed in his innermost heart any or all of the official religion is
another matter ; his official position ... For some days past it had been seen that
Ani's death was to be expected, and many of his colleagues in the temple had
house near the Valley of the Tombs of the Kings, and together with his assistants,
makes his way with all haste to Ani's house. Having arrived there he takes Ani's
body into Ani's his charge, and proceeds to discuss the method by which the to ...
The cher-lieb next goes to the embalming chamber and orders his assistants to
begin their operations upon Ani's body, The em- over which formulae are being
recited. The body is first balmment. washed and then laid upon the ground, and ...
and on the The oma- little finger of the left hand is placed Ani's gold ring, in the
thc"tody bezel of which is mounted a handsome steatite scarab inscribed on the
base with his name and titles. The ring was supposed to confer upon the
During the seventy days which have been spent in Ani's embalming Ani's body,
the coffin makers have not been idle, cofhn' ... the full names and titles of Ani in
perpendicular lines of inscription, the cartouches of the king in whose time he
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'The Mummy' is an amazing book because it's so much more than a description of how, why and when Ancient Egyptians preserved their dead. Look just through the contents and you'll be amazed at the range of material - as if Wallis Budge had emptied a sackful of knowledge for the learner to pick through. Because that's it's best use, a source book on Ancient Egypt - as long as you remember it's dated and some ideas rejected.
The first few pages introduce and include a list of the nomes (districts) in hieroglyphics and transcriptions. The pages on Egyptian chronology, as well as reviewing problems oof disagreement ammong both sources and scholars includes a useful list of rulers - although the real jewel here, following a good basic history, is a list of 2 of the 5 names available of Pharaohs (hieroglyphics & transcriptions); this is a must for any visitor to inscriptions in museums or Egypt itself. A clear history of the decipherment of hieroglyphics is followed by a useful list of hieroglyphs, useful that is for those looking at REAL inscriptions.Then the book gets into mummies IN DETAIL but beware as, for example when dealing with ushabti, Budge will throw at you a whole paragraph of (untranslated) hieroglyphics - after all, you did read everything before that, didn't you? Then anything and everything is on offer - stelae, coffins, draught-boards,the gods, graves, numbers ..... As I said above it is a book to dpp into and not to read from cover to cover. And that's why I give it 4 stars
PS It's by far the most USEFUL of my books on Ancient Egypt
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The Mummy: Chapters on Egyptian Funereal Archaeology
Sir Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge
Limited preview - 1964