Why the Amduat is significant - every evening the sun becomes old and weak and finally sets behind the Western horizon. Yet, it rises again in the morning, rejuvenated. How is that possible? How could the sun for the Ancient Egyptians the Sun God become young and revitalised during the night, during his night journey? What happens during this time? The Amduat is a description of the journey of the Sun God through the night world, that is also the world of the deceased. The knowledge contained in the Amduat is meant for the dead Pharaoh. But the text also recommends this knowledge for living beings. Thus, the journey of the Sun God can also be seen as a symbolic representation of an inner psychic process of transformation and renewal.
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Theodor Abt (b. 1947) Jungian Analyst in private practice. 1983-88 member of the board of the C.G. Jung-Institute, Professor for Rural Sociology at the ETH. Since 1995, member of the board of the Research and Training Centre for Depth Psychology according to C.G. Jung and M.-L. von Franz, Zurich. Since 1988, President of the Society of the Friends of the Royal Tombs of Egypt. Author of: Progress without Loss of Soul (1990). Erik Hornung (b. 1933) Professor of Egyptology Univ. of Basle, Switzerland, 1967-1998. His research has focused on the Valley of the Kings and the edition of the Books of the Netherworld; he published the first edition of the Amduat in 1963. Of his many books in German, several have been translated into English: Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt. The One and the Many (1982, paperback 1996); The Valley of the Kings: Horizon of Eternity (1990); The Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I. (1991); History of Ancient Egypt. An Introduction (1999); Akhenaten and the Religion of Light (1999); The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Afterlife (1999); The Secret Lore of Egypt (2001).