From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia Egyptian god of the moon and of reckoning, learning, and writing. He was the inventor of writing, the creator of languages, the representative of Re, and the scribe, interpreter, and adviser of the gods.
Books: Ancient Egyptian Religion
Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends by Lewis SpenceThis superb in-depth survey explores animism, totemism, fetishism, creation myths, Egyptian priesthood, cult of Osiris, numerous deities, Book of the Dead, alchemy, Egyptian art and magic, legends, and a host of other fascinating topics. An erudite, clearly written work, enhanced with over 50 photographs and illustrations.
Call Number: BL2441.S7 1990
Publication Date: 1990
The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Richard H. WilkinsonRise and fall of the gods -- Nature of the gods -- Worship of the gods -- Kingship and the gods -- The catalogue of deities.
Call Number: BL2450.G6W55 2003
Publication Date: 2003
Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt by John H. TaylorOf all the ancient peoples, the Egyptians are perhaps best known for the fascinating ways in which they grappled with the mysteries of death and the afterlife. This beautifully illustrated book draws on the British Museum's world-famous collection of mummies and other funerary evidence to offer an accessible account of Egyptian beliefs in an afterlife and examine the ways in which Egyptian society responded materially to the challenges these beliefs imposed.
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.
Call Number: BL2450.D43T39 2001
Publication Date: 2001
Egyptian Myth by Fergus FlemingRise and fall of the gods -- Nature of the gods -- Worship of the gods -- Kingship and the gods -- The catalogue of deities.
Call Number: BL2450.G6W55 2003
Publication Date: 1999
Egyptian Myths by George HartThe rich panorama of ancient Egyptian mythology has survived through tomb paintings, temple inscriptions, and papyri. This account begins with the creation legends of Heliopolis, Memphis, and Hermopolis and illustrates the intellectual struggles of the Egyptians to explain the beginning of the world. The myths that follow range from stories about the gods--the murder of Osiris and vengeance of Horus, Isis and the seven scorpions, Sakhmet and the virtual slaughter of mankind--to fables such as the Shipwrecked Sailor and the Enchanted Island. Through these delightful and often amusing tales, we can appreciate more fully the beliefs and imagination of the ancient Egyptians.
Call Number: BL2441.2.H38 1990
Publication Date: 1990
The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Egypt by Manfred Lurker
Call Number: BL2428.L8713 1980
Publication Date: 1980
Who's Who in Egyptian Mythology by Anthony S. Mercatante
From Chamber's Dictionary of the Unexplained The ancient Egyptian symbol of the ankh, which consists of a T-shaped cross with a looped top arm, appears frequently in Egyptian tomb paintings and other art.
Study of the relative position of the planets and stars in the belief that they influence events on Earth. A strongly held belief in ancient Babylon, astrology spread to the Mediterranean world, and was widely used by the Greeks and Romans.
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia Ancient Egyptian book of magic spells, known as the Book of Coming Forth by Day, buried with the dead as a guide to reaching the kingdom of Osiris, the god of the underworld.
From Chamber's Dictionary of the Unexplained The pyramids of Egypt were built around 2000 bc as royal tombs on a gigantic scale – it has been calculated that the largest of them, the great pyramid, was originally 147 metres (481 feet) high.
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia Egyptian physician, architect, and vizier (chief adviser) of King Zoser (3rd dynasty). He is thought to have designed the step pyramid at Sakkara, the first pyramid ever constructed.
From The Bloomsbury Guide to Art A complex of temples on the east bank of the Nile, at Thebes in Ancient Egypt, built over a period of 2,000 years. Known to the ancient Egyptians as Ipet-isut ('the most select of places'), it is now known by the neighbouring modern village of el-Karnak.
From Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable A word from the Egyptian meaning ‘great house’, applied to the kings of ancient Egypt in much the same way as the holy see came to be used for the pope, or the Sublime porte for the government of the sultan of Turkey.