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mut , “ mother , " is the common meaning of a vulture , and at times the goddess
Mut seems to be identified with 9 nut , “ the sky . " Horapollo says that the vulture
also meant " year " ( ed . Leemans , p . 5 ) , and this statement is borne out by the
9 , which ends the name KAEONATPA ; we know that signs 10 and 11 always
accompany feminine proper names , because we see them following the names
of goddesses like do Isis , and to Nephthys . Sign No . 7 , an open stretched out ...
... bandaged with strips of linen many yards long , on which were inscribed the
names of the four children of Horus 1 who symbolized the four cardinal points
and of the four goddesses who took the intestines under their special protection .
The inscriptions on the jars state that the part of the deceased in it is identified
with the child of Horus to whom the jar is dedicated , and that the goddess under
whose charge it is protects it . The covers of the jars are fastened on by running in
3 While the head was being bandaged the following petition was recited by one
of the embalmers : - “ O most august goddess , O lady of the west , mistress of the
east , come and enter into the two ears of the deceased ! O doubly powerful ...
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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