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By Jan Assmann

[translation of "Tod und Jenseits im alten Ägypten", 2001]

"Human beings," the acclaimed Egyptologist Jan Assmann writes, "are the animals that experience to stay with the data in their loss of life, and tradition is the realm they convey to allow them to stay with that knowledge." In his new ebook, Assmann explores photographs of loss of life and of loss of life rites in old Egypt to supply startling new insights into the actual personality of the civilization as a whole.

Drawing at the strange style of the demise liturgy, he arrives at a remarkably accomplished view of the faith of dying in historical Egypt. Assmann describes intimately 9 various pictures of demise: loss of life because the physique being torn aside, as social isolation, the thought of the court docket of the lifeless, the useless physique, the mother, the soul and ancestral spirit of the useless, dying as separation and transition, as homecoming, and as mystery. Death and Salvation in historical Egypt additionally incorporates a interesting dialogue of rites that mirror ideals approximately loss of life via language and ritual.

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Horus has attached his eye to you. Horus will not be far from you: you are his ka. May your countenance be gracious to him, so long as you exist. Hasten, accept the word of Horus, that you may be pleased with it. Listen to Horus: he will not harm you. He has bidden the gods to follow you. . Horus has found you, and it goes well with him through you. Horus has caused the gods to ascend to you. He has given them to you, that they may brighten your face. Horus has set you at the forefront of the gods, he has bidden that you seize the white crown, the Mistress (or, “all that is yours”).

There is no lack of literature on the theme,39 but there is no comprehensive treatment of this phenomenon, which is not only important in and of itself, but which also opens the way to insights, insights with wide-ranging consequences, into the relationship between death and culture. 20 part one B IMAGES OF DEATH {chapter one} Death as Dismemberment 1. The Opening Scene of the Osiris Myth I n ancient Egyptian tradition, at least as it is preserved to us, the Osiris myth was never recounted as a coherent whole; rather, it served as a source of allusions for a large number of religious texts.

Horus has attached his eye to you. Horus will not be far from you: you are his ka. May your countenance be gracious to him, so long as you exist. Hasten, accept the word of Horus, that you may be pleased with it. Listen to Horus: he will not harm you. He has bidden the gods to follow you. . Horus has found you, and it goes well with him through you. Horus has caused the gods to ascend to you. He has given them to you, that they may brighten your face. Horus has set you at the forefront of the gods, he has bidden that you seize the white crown, the Mistress (or, “all that is yours”).

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