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Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt

Stephen Quirke

ISBN: 978-1-118-61052-7 October 2014 Wiley-Blackwell 288 Pages


Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt offers a stimulating overview of the study of ancient Egyptian religion by examining research drawn from beyond the customary boundaries of Egyptology and shedding new light on entrenched assumptions.

  • Discusses the evolution of religion in ancient Egypt – a belief system that endured for 3,000 years
  • Dispels several modern preconceptions about ancient Egyptian religious practices
  • Reveals how people in ancient Egypt struggled to secure well-being in the present life and the afterlife

Preface vi

1 Belief without a Book 1

2 Finding the Sacred in Space and Time 38

3 Creating Sacred Space and Time: Temple Architecture and Festival 80

4 Chaos and Life: Forces of Creation and Destruction 110

5 Being Good: Doing, Saying, and Making Good Possible 150

6 Being Well 177

7 Attaining Eternal Life: Sustenance and Transformation 201

Bibliography 238

Index 256

“This book provides a new and rather different view of religious practice amongst the ancient Egyptians, drawing on an extensive range of texts, artefacts, contextual information, and anthropological approaches from outside Egypt.”  (Ancient Egypt, 1 April 2015)