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Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt


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Introduction; 1. The Egyptian mind; 2. Priests; 3. Inside the temple: the world of the gods; 4. Festivals; 5. Contacting the gods; 6. The presence of the gods: how gods communicated with men; 7. Death and funeral rites; 8. Communicating with the dead; 9. Magic to charm and to kill; 10. The Amarna Period: practical aspects of 'monotheism'; Afterword: an appraisal of Egyptian religion.

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This book is a vivid reconstruction of ancient Egyptian religious rituals that were enacted in temples, tombs, and private homes.

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Emily Teeter Ph.D. is a Research Associate and Coordinator of Special Exhibits at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. She has curated temporary and permanent exhibits of Egyptian art at the Oriental Institute Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. The author and co-author of a wide range of popular and scholarly publications, her most recent books include Ancient Egypt: Treasures from the Collection of the Oriental Institute; Egypt and the Egyptians; and The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt.


'In Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt, Emily Teeter presents her readers with a very helpful offering on Egyptian religion. Rather than examining abstract or esoteric principles, Teeter's book aims to address lived religion, 'how ancient Egyptians related to and worshipped their gods, and how religion affected their daily lives' ... In it she ably familiarizes the reader with the fundamental elements of Egyptian religion, including the priests, temples, festivals, divine-human communication, magic, and the afterlife ... Overall, Teeter's work is to be highly recommended both for the classroom and for the scholar of biblical and comparative literature.' Michael B. Hundley, Journal of Biblical Literature
"If you've read Emily Teeter's other books on Egyptology or her catalogues for the exhibits she manages at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, you will expect this book to be full of great detail and thorough scholarship, delivered with ease in a flowing style that makes it a fast read and enjoyable throughout. If those are your expectations, you will be rewarded." -Brian Alm, Egyptological

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