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The complete gods and goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Author: Richard H Wilkinson
Publisher: London : Thames and Hudson, cop. 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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A comprehensive and authoritative illustrated guide to the deities that lay at the heart of Ancient Egyptian religion and society. It examines the evolution, worship and eventual decline of a huge  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard H Wilkinson
ISBN: 0500051208 9780500051207
OCLC Number: 716423314
Description: 256 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Contents: Rise and Fall of the Gods considers the origins of Egypt's deities, the stories of gods who struggled to control cosmic forces of chaos and destruction and could themselves die, and their eventual decline. Nature of the Gods examines the forms, appearances and manifestations of the deities, as well as the transcendence of pre-eminent deities such as Amun and the apparent monotheism of Atenism under Akhenaten. Worship of the Gods introduces the rituals and mysteries of formal Egyptian worship, including the importance of temples and festivals, and examines popular access to the gods and private worship. Kingship and the Gods discusses the all-important position of the king, who served as a bridge between the gods and humanity and who could himself be deified and rule among the gods. The Many Faces of the Divine is a unique catalogue of Egypt's gods and goddesses grouped according to their primary forms, discussing their iconography, mythology and worship and their varying influence across Egypt over time.
Responsibility: Richard H. Wilkinson.

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