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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122212637252 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Egyptian Religion: The Beliefs of Ancient Egypt Explored and Explained by Lucia Gahlin. DESCRIPTION: Softover: 128 pages. Publisher: Southwater; (2002). The many gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt, and the sacred sites and temples that are dedicated to them, have fired our imaginations for centuries. Religious belief was central to life in ancient Egypt, and played a fundamental role in the development of their great society. The ancient Egyptians believed that their religious beliefs and practices would accompany them from life into death and the afterlife. In the first half of this book, the state religion is considered, with an examination of the preparation for the afterlife, including the procedures and ceremonies that followed death such as mummification and the Weighing of the Heart. Once these ceremonies were performed, the deceased’s burial site depended largely on their status and wealth. An in-depth look at mastabas, pyramids, and rock-cut tombs is vital to our understanding of the state religion of ancient Egypt. While the religion of the state concerned itself with the interaction between the gods and the pharaoh, popular religion permeated every aspect of people’s lives. The second half of the book examines the effects of popular religion on daily activities. Magic, superstition, and ritual were by no means considered unorthodox or an alternative to the religion of the state. Often a priest who performed rituals in the state temples would also be called upon to carry out what we would call magic or sorcery. The religion of this fascinating society has been documented with maps and a wealth of beautiful photographs, reproductions and color artworks, making “Egyptian Religion” an essential reference for anyone interested in this ancient civilization. CONDITION: In Excellent New Condition. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Egyptian Religion explains the preparation for the afterlife, including the procedures and ceremonies that followed death, such as the weighing of the heart and mummification. There are sections pertaining to subjects such as: Burial Sites; Funerary Religion; Beliefs About the Afterlife; Ka, Ba, and Akh; The Weighing of the Heart; Mummification; Pyramid Texts; Coffin Texts; The Book of the Dead; Funerary Equipment; Funerary Amulets; Shabtis; Canopic Jars; Coffins and Sarcophagi; Tomb Scenes and Models; Tombs; Funerals, Mastabas, Pyramids; Benben Stones and Obelisks; The Great Sphinx; Boats in Egyptian Funerary Religion; Rock Cut Tombs; Tomb Builder’s Villages and Towns; Tomb Robbery; Popular Religion; Magic; Who Performed Magic?; Medicine; Demons; Household Deities; Paraphernalia of Religion; Wands; Amulets; Rites of Passage; Ma’at; Dreams; Oracles; Festivals and Pilgrimages; Music and Dance in Egyptian Religion; The Positive Influence of the Dead; The Negative Influence of the Dead; Temples and Priests; Temple Architecture; Different Types of Temples; The Temple Complex; The Role of Priests; The High Priests; The Role of Women in the Temples; Temple Rites and Offerings; Temple Literature; Akhenaten’s Religious Revolution; Akhenaten’s New City; Akhenaten’s New Religion; The Restoration of Traditional Religon. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: Written by an Egyptologist, this is a guide to the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians who thought that their religious faith and practices would accompany them from life into death and the afterlife. The book explains the preparation for the afterlife, including the procedures and ceremonies that followed death, such as the weighing of the heart and mummification. It looks at burial sites such as tombs, pyramids and benben stones and examines the temples and priests, covering high priests, temple rites and offerings and the role of women in religion. It also offers a comprehensive guide to magic, demons, dreams and oracles. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: It really brings the lives of ancient Egyptians to life! Lucia Gahlin's book is split into two primary sections. In the first, the author initiates us into the organized state religion of ancient Egypt, including the importance of the afterlife to ancient Egyptians, their funerary customs, the Book of the Dead, and of course the pyramids and other burial sites. The second part covers popular religion, and explains the importance of magic, ritual, and the power of the temples in the lives of ordinary folk. The author starts with the burial chambers of the pharaohs, and the funerary customs surrounding them. Death was not the end for ancient Egyptians who believed very much in an afterlife, and their customs were designed to protect and prepare the recently departed for the trials to come. Objects were placed within the funerary chamber that would help or give comfort in the afterlife. Preparation for the afterlife wasn't restricted to mummification, although this was important. Priests would utter prayers and spells, and coffins would be painted with chapters from the Book of the Dead and other mystical emblems. The author takes the time to explain this process in detail, and includes chapters on burial sites, mummification, weighing of the heart, coffins and texts, the Book of the Dead, the funerary equipment used and so much more. Much of the first half of this book has been written about by other authors, but few books cover the lives of the people in quite as much detail as Gahlin. She makes the point that magic and superstition were crucial in daily life, and that every aspect of life was affected by this. Ancient Egyptians would regularly consult wise people, oracles, and priests. Dreams played an important role in determining their futures. Reading the chapters on household deities, rituals, rites of passage, festivals and music, and the role of the temples in society gives a far different impression of Egyptian life than I would have expected. Anyone interested in religion at the state and popular level in ancient Egypt will find this book very informative. The author has taken the time to format this book into short focused chapters making it an easy read. Every page includes full color large-sized images, and many also include little snippet boxes that bring the content to life. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $23.99 for insured USPS global priority mail (padded flat rate envelope) with delivery confirmation. Rates vary a bit from country to country, and not all books will fit into a USPS global priority mail flat rate envelope (this book will NOT – so it will cost considerably more to ship internationally). Some international orders can be sent standard airmail for less. There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish

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