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The preservation of the embalmed body, or mummy, was the chief end and aim of
every Egyptian who wished for everlasting life. For the sake of the mummy's
safety tombs were hewn, papyri were inscribed with compositions, the knowledge
Following up the idea that the mummy is the most important of all objects, I have
given an account of the various methods of embalming ; of the amulets and other
objects which formed the mummy's dress ; of the various kinds of coffins and ...
While J^TM^ his assistants are taking away the body to the embalming house, he
sends quickly to the western bank of the Nile, and summons his chief mason to
his presence ; after a short time he arrives, and the cher-heb instructs him to go 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 ...
embalmed intestines was placed. Each jar was inscribed with a formula, and all
that was wanted to make it the property of Ani was to inscribe his name upon it in
the blank spaces left for the purpose. Each jar had a cover made in Jars for the ...
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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