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... the bodies of their dead , so that they might resist the action of decay , and be
ready for the return of the soul . The preservation of the embalmed body , or
mummy , was the chief end and aim of every Egyptian who wished for everlasting
153 An Egyptian Funeral . . . . . . . . 153 – 173 Mummy , Methods of Mummifying . .
. 173 - 189 Mummy Cloth and Akhmim Embroideries 189 Canopic Jars and the
inscriptions upon them . . . Chests for Canopic Jars . . . 201 The Book of the Dead
The 64th chapter of the Book of the Dead is 4266 said to have been found at
Denderah during his reign , and Antiquity of Book of the 130th chapter also dates
from that period . the Dead . Mer - ba - pen . With this king ' s name the Tablet of
And if the living were well cared for , the dead were no less so . The tombs built
for high Beauty of officials and gentlemen attest the care of the sorrowing boy
relatives , while the sculptures and paintings employed to XIlth adorn them
B . C . 1300 employed by the king produced articles of luxury and beauty , art and
literature flourished unfettered , and the tombs and sepulchres of the dead were
scarcely less splendid than the palaces of the king or the houses of his nobles .
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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