Egyptian Hell: Visions, Tours and Descriptions of the Infernal Otherworld

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9781599101262: Egyptian Hell: Visions, Tours and Descriptions of the Infernal Otherworld
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The concept of the afterlife is important in the cultural and religious tradition of Ancient Egypt. Many of the artifacts, and most of the texts, that survive are associated with the rites surrounding the burial of the dead — not only the enormous tombs and pyramids built to contain the remains of important leaders, but also small grave goods for the comfort of the dead on the otherworld journey. These artifacts reveal the Egyptian notion of hell: a place of annihilation and destruction where the dead, after judgment, might be condemned. Six Egyptian texts include descriptions of this hell, which have been collected here from: The Book of the Two Ways [Book of the Ways of Rosetau], The Book of the Nether World [Book of Amduat], The Book of Gates, The Book of the Dead [Book of Going Forth by Day], The Book of the Earth, and The Book of Caverns.

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