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The Liturgy of Funerary Offerings
"The consistent, persistent, ineradicable and unalterable belief in immortality is the chief fundamental of the Egyptian Religion, and the attainment of everlasting life was the end to which every religious ceremony was performed, and every funerary text written." (The Liturgy of Funerary Offerings)
Among ancient peoples, it was widely thought that offerings of food, unguents, beverages and other items in some mysterious way would help their deceased maintain existence in the afterlife. In ancient Egypt, the practice of bringing food and drink to the graves of the departed-especially members of the royal family and the well-to-do-took on elaborate proportions.
This meticulously researched volume by noted Egyptologist E. A. Wallis Budge offers a fascinating look at the rites connected with Egyptian funerary offerings. It contains the Egyptian text and English translations of two copies of one of the most important documents connected with the dead, namely, a detailed list of the offerings made to the dead and the consecrating formulae recited by the chief officiating priest, as he presented them to a mummified body, or to a statue of the deceased.
Accompanied by over 100 illustrations, these authentic texts will be invaluable to students and scholars of ancient Egyptian civilization, while general readers will find here a fascinating glimpse into the Egyptian concept of death and the afterlife and the rituals and ceremonies concerned with assuring that the deceased would be well provided for in his new life.
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