Fragmente des Sog. ‘Sothisrituals’ von Oxyrhynchos aus Tebtynis

Susanne Töpfer

Fragmente des Sog. ‘Sothisrituals’ von Oxyrhynchos aus Tebtynis

Susanne Töpfer

Distributed for Museum Tusculanum Press

211 pages | 8 1/2 x 12 1/2
Cloth $47.00 ISBN: 9788763543644 Published October 2016 NFS UK, IRELAND, AND SCANDINAVIA
The book contains the edition of a hieratic written text from the Tebtunis temple library, dating to the 1st – 2nd century AD. The ritual text is a compilation of fumigation and libation spells for the main deities of the designed ritual place, the Per-Khefyt in Oxyrhynchos, on the one hand and an offering litany for the benefit of pharaoh consisting of a cultic topography, a name litany, as well as a litany for Sothis on the other hand. The focus of the text lies on Sothis and the various manifestations of the dangerous goddess. The Myth of the Sun’s Eye has an influence on the composition. Therefore, the aim of the ritual seems to be protection of pharaoh during the beginning of the year, when the sun’s eye, that is Sothis, arise, which announces the Nile inundation. 
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