Religion and Magic in Ancient Egypt

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Penguin UK, Oct 3, 2002 - Religion - 512 pages
The ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile - their life source - was a divine gift. Religion and magic permeated their civilization, and this book provides a unique insight into their religious beliefs and practices, from 5000 BC to the 4th century AD, when Egyptian Christianity replaced the earlier customs. Arranged chronologically, this book provides a fascinating introduction to the world of half-human/ half-animal gods and goddesses; death rituals, the afterlife and mummification; the cult of sacred animals, pyramids, magic and medicine. An appendix contains translations of Ancient Eygtian spells.

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The Return to Orthodoxy
The Final Conflict
Conflict and Cooperation in GraecoRoman Egypt
Selected Passages from Egyptian Religious Texts
A Selective List of Major Religious Sites in Egypt and Nubia

Religion and Empire
The Amarna Heresy

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ROSALIE DAVID is Keeper of Egyptology and Reader in Egyptology at the Manchester Museum, University of Manchester. She is the Director of the Manchester Egyptian Mummy Research Project there, and has been Consultant and Presenter on TV and radio programmes in Britain, USA, Canada and Australia.

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