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The performative structure : ritualizing the pyramid of Pepy I

Author: Nils Billing
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Series: Harvard Egyptological studies, v. 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Billing investigates the ancient Egyptian pyramid complex as a performative structure, ritualized through the operative faculty inherent in monumental architecture, text, and image. The main body of research is given over to an analysis of the Pyramid Texts found in the pyramid of king Pepy I of the Sixth Dynasty (ca 2300 BCE). It is demonstrated that the texts were distributed on distinct space-bound thematic and  Read more...
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Named Person: Pepi, King of Egypt; Pepi, King of Egypt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nils Billing
ISBN: 9789004372368 9004372369
OCLC Number: 1037883781
Notes: "This is a lightly revised version of a doctoral thesis in the History of Religions, defended in the spring term of 2013 at the Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University."
Description: xvii, 626 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The performative structure --
Iconicity and monumentality --
Image and architecture-ritualizing the pyramid complex in the Old Kingdom --
Monumentalizing the beyond-the pyramid --
The pyramid of Pepy I --
The sarcophagus chamber (P/F) --
The passage (P/F-A) --
The antechamber (P/A) --
The corridor (P/C) --
The vestibule (P/V) --
The ascending passage (P/D) --
The performative structure.
Series Title: Harvard Egyptological studies, v. 4.
Responsibility: by Nils Billing.

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Billing investigates the ancient Egyptian pyramid complex as a performative structure, ritualized through the operative faculty inherent in monumental architecture, text, and image. The main body of research is given over to an analysis of the Pyramid Texts found in the pyramid of king Pepy I of the Sixth Dynasty (ca 2300 BCE). It is demonstrated that the texts were distributed on distinct space-bound thematic and ritual levels in order to perpetuate a cultic activity from which the lord of the tomb could be transformed by moving through the different chambers and corridors towards the exit. Just as the decoration program of the mortuary temple once delineated the ritual and ideological structure of the royal mortuary cult, the corpus of texts distributed in the pyramid provided a monumentalized performative structure that effectuated the perennial rebirth for its owner.

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