Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
The author describes in detail the numerous provisions made for the dead and the intricate rituals carried out on their behalf. He considers embalming, coffins and sarcophagi, shabti figures, magic and ritual, and amulets and papyri, as well as the mummification of sacred animals, which were buried by the millions in vast labyrinthine catacombs.
The text also reflects recent developments in the interpretation of Egyptian burial practices, and incorporates the results of much new scientific research. Newly acquired information derives from a range of sophisticated applications, such as the use of noninvasive imaging techniques to look inside the wrappings of a mummy, and the chemical analysis of materials used in the embalming process. Authoritative, concise, and lucidly written, Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt illuminates aspects of this complex, vibrant culture that still perplex us more than 3,000 years later.
1. Death and Resurrection in Ancient Egyptian Society
2. The Eternal Body: Mummification
3. Provisioning the Dead
4. Funerary Figurines: Servants for the Afterlife
5. The Threshold of Eternity: Tombs, Cemeteries and Mortuary Cults
6. Magic and Ritual for the Dead
7. The Chest of Life: Coffins and Sarcophagi
8. The Burial and Mummification of Animals