Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

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'The Book of the Dead' is a compilation of spells that the ancient Egyptians believed would assist them in the afterlife as they made their perilous journey towards the ultimate state of eternity. This book helps to understand ancient Egyptian belief systems and reveals the hopes and fears of mortal man about the world beyond death.

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"In terms of scholarship, the [British Museum] exhibition is a tour de force, but you will have a much greater grasp of what you are looking at if you can first read the magisterial catalogue by curator John H Taylor, the best of the year. " -- The Telegraph, 08 November 2010

"...a guide book to a darker paradise. Take a ghost-train ride into the land of the afterlife, through a cosmos haunted by cobras and crocodiles and scarabs and baboons ... the mythologies are as elaborate as the accompanying text is clear in this eerily entrancing book" --The Times Christmas Recommendations, 20 November 2010

"...magnificent and readable catalogue ... The Book of the Dead was a collection of up to about two hundred spells intended to reanimate and protect the corpse of an Egyptian ... neither the number of spells nor their precise order and content was fixed, so there can be no single, authoritative Book of Dead; nor does it have an easily followed narrative, although the catalogue does its best to provide one, running from chapter two (Preparing for the afterlife) to chapter ten (The perfect afterlife)" --Current World Archaeology, Issue 42

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John H. Taylor is a curator at the British Museum specializing in ancient Egyptian funerary archaeology.
Irmtraut Munro - Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie, Bonn Rita Lucarelli - Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie, Bonn Barbara Lüscher - Ägyptologisches Seminar der Universität, Basel.

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