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Death and salvation in ancient Egypt

Author: Jan Assmann
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2005.
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"In his new book, Egyptologist Jan Assmann explores images of death and of death rites in ancient Egypt to provide new insights into the particular character of the civilization as a whole. Drawing on the unfamiliar genre of the death liturgy, he arrives at a comprehensive view of the religion of death in ancient Egypt." "Assmann describes in detail nine different images of death: death as the body being torn apart,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Assmann
ISBN: 0801442419 9780801442414 9780801479731 0801479738
OCLC Number: 57595063
Description: xi, 490 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Death and culture : Death as culture generator ; Principal distinctions in the relationship between death and culture --
pt. 1. Images of death. 1. Death as dismemberment : The opening scene of the Osiris Myth ; The Egyptian image of the body ; Salvation from death by piecing together --
2. Death as social isolation : The physical and social sphere of man ; "One lives, if his name is mentioned" ; "One lives, if another guides him" ; Subjection to death through social isolation ; "I am one with you": salvation from death through inclusion --
3. Death as enemy : The lawsuit in Heliopolis ; The moralizing of death: the idea of the judgment of the dead ; Death as enemy and the life-giving significance of the judgment of the dead --
4. Death as dissociation: the person of the deceased and its constituent elements : The Ba ; The deceased and his Ka ; The heart ; Image and body --
5. Death as separation and reversal : Separation from life: death as parting and inversion ; Out of the realm of death and into the place of eternal nourishment ; Inversion as a state of death --
6. Death as transition : Transition as ascent to the sky ; Transition as journey to Osiris ; Assistance from beyond: the image of death as transition and the realm of the living --
7. Death as return : Nut texts: laying to rest in the coffin as return to the womb ; "The place where my heart returns": the tomb in the homeland --
8. Death as mystery : The mystery of the sun: renewal and rebirth ; The mystery of Osiris ; The tomb as sacred place ; Initiation and death --
9. Going forth by day : This life as the afterlife: the "reversed polarity" of mortuary belief in the New Kingdom ; Festival and garden as Elysian aspects of the realm of the living --
pt. 2. Rituals and recitations. 10. Mortuary liturgies and mortuary literature : Provisioning and transfiguration: the recording of recitation texts in Old Kingdom pyramids ; Writing as voice and recollection: the recording of mortuary texts in Middle Kingdom coffins and in the Book of the Dead ; Greetings, requests, and wishes --
11. In the sign of the enemy: the protective wake in the place of embalming : The night before the funeral ; Coffin texts spell 62 ; Wakes and coffin decoration --
12. The night of vindication : Liturgy A, part 1: The judgment scene ; Liturgy A, part 2: The transfiguration of the vindicated one ; Liturgy A, part 3: The vindicated one as companion of the gods ; Liturgy B: Embalming and provisioning --
13. Rituals of transition from home to tomb : Artistic and textual depictions of the funeral ; From home to tomb ; The rites of opening the mouth at the entrance of the tomb --
14. Provisioning the dead : Pyramid texts spell 373 ; Summoning the dead ; Presentation of offerings --
15. Sacramental explanation : On the semantics of transfigurative speech ; The discharge of the corpse of Osiris: on the sacramental explanation of water ; Mortuary rituals for Egypt --
16. Freedom from the yoke of transitoriness: resultativity and continuance : Resultativity ; "Trust not in the length of the years": salvation through righteousness ; "Make holiday! Forget care!" --
17. Freedeom from the yoke of transitoriness: immortality : Realm of death and Elysium: the originally royal sense of this distinction ; Redemption through Unio Liturgica ; Salvation through divine grace --
Egypt and the history of death.
Other Titles: Tod und Jenseits im Alten Ägypten.
Responsibility: by Jan Assmann ; translated from the German by David Lorton.
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"In his new book, Egyptologist Jan Assmann explores images of death and of death rites in ancient Egypt to provide new insights into the particular character of the civilization as a whole. Drawing on the unfamiliar genre of the death liturgy, he arrives at a comprehensive view of the religion of death in ancient Egypt." "Assmann describes in detail nine different images of death: death as the body being torn apart, as social isolation, the notion of the court of the dead, the dead body, the mummy, the soul and ancestral spirit of the dead, death as separation and transition, as homecoming, and as secret. Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt also includes a discussion of rites that reflect beliefs about death through language and ritual."--Jacket.

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