The Mummy.

By: Budge, E. A. Wallis.

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Octavo, green cloth (hardcover), xxii + 404 pp. Fine in a Very Good, mylar protected dust jacket with edgear that includes chipping. From dust jacket: Museum official tell us that mummies get more attention from museum-goers than any other ancient objects. Although many Egpytian customs and practices were to be found in other parts of Africa, mummification is unique Egypt, and the scale on which it was practiced is found nowhere else in the world. Its uniqueness is only the beginning of its fascinating story. It was practiced in Egypt for the four thousand years of the Dynastic Period. For four thousand years the preservation of the embalmed body, or mummy, was the chief end and aim of every Egyptian. The greater part of the wealth of Egypt during this time was devoted to mummification and what went along with it. The considerable expense of making a mummy was only the beginning. For the sake of the mummy's safety tombs were hewn out of rock, their scale and grandeur ascending to the size of the great pyramids, which are simply such tombs to house mummies. The tombs were decorated with paintings which would remind the mummy of the daily scenes of his life; the objects used by him in daily life; the body was strewn with expensive amulets and talismans to protect it; and costly papyri were inscribed with compisitions from the Book of the Dead which would enable the mummy to repel the attacks of demons. The Egyptian religion of the Dyanastic Period promised eternal life to the believers in Osiris -- but those who sought the mercy of Osiris had to have their bodies intact, preserved and safeguarded in their graves, otherwise they could not live again! This was the all-powerful belief which led to the mummy culture of Egypt...

Title: The Mummy.

Author Name: Budge, E. A. Wallis.

Location Published: New York: Causeway Books, (1974). A Fascimile of the SEcond Edition, 1894.

Categories: Ancient Civilization

Seller ID: 9302gcs