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27. Juni 2013
The ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile - their life source - was a divine gift. Religion and magic permeated their civilization, and this book provides a unique insight into their religious beliefs and practices, from 5000 BC to the 4th century AD, when Egyptian Christianity replaced the earlier customs. Arranged chronologically, this book provides a fascinating introduction to the world of half-human/ half-animal gods and goddesses; death rituals, the afterlife and mummification; the cult of sacred animals, pyramids, magic and medicine. An appendix contains translations of Ancient Eygtian spells.

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The ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile - their life source - was a divine gift. Religion and magic permeated their civilization, and this book provides a unique insight into their religious beliefs and practices, from 5000 BC to the 4th century AD, when Egyptian Christianity replaced the earlier customs. Arranged chronologically, this book provides a fascinating introduction to the world of half-human/ half-animal gods and goddesses; death rituals, the afterlife and mummification; and, the cult of sacred animals, pyramids, magic and medicine. An appendix contains translations of Ancient Eygtian spells.

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ROSALIE DAVID is Keeper of Egyptology and Reader in Egyptology at the Manchester Museum, University of Manchester. She is the Director of the Manchester Egyptian Mummy Research Project there, and has been Consultant and Presenter on TV and radio programmes in Britain, USA, Canada and Australia.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Dry and disconnected 21. Oktober 2007
Von Gordon Eldridge - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book contains a huge volume of information about ancient Egypt, and I am assuming that this is the reason that other reviewers have awarded four and five stars. I would estimate that less than half of the information is in any way relevant to the topic of religion and magic, however. Instead of being a discussion of religion and magic, the book attempts to provide a sweeping history of the entire span of ancient Egyptian civilization. Unfortunately, this history is presented as an endless succession of often unrelated facts with no attempt to draw out interesting patterns and relationships and scant attempt at analysis and explanation. The lack of connection and analysis makes the writing at times almost incoherent. The style of writing can be seen in the following extract from the beginning of a paragraph `Although weak or foreign dynasties tried to revive the myth of the god-king in order to support their own royal status, the political power of the king continued to decline, along with his influence on religion. However, there appears to have been an increased association between the temples and lay people.' After reading the first sentence of the paragraph, I expect it to be further developed with an explanation of the ways in which the power of the king and his influence on religion declined and some explanations of why this might have been so. Instead, the paragraph goes on to discuss some completely unrelated customs involving lay people in temples. Though the book does have some moments where interesting analysis takes place, for the most part it is not even attempted.

The writing also contains a fair number of contradictions. At one point the author claims that priests were not allowed to wear animal skins and then two pages later she describes a priest wearing a panther skin. There must be a logical explanation for this contradiction, but the author offers none. The Pharaoh Akhenaten is described as revolutionary because he introduces monotheism to Egypt and allows no other gods to be worshipped. Within a few pages we suddenly find out that a second deity, the goddess Ma'at was supposedly retained. Once again, no explanation for this contradiction is offered.

The lack of analysis also means that there are occasions when problematic or disputed information is offered up as fact. The author mentions the discovery of Minoan-style paintings in tombs in Egypt and claims this to be unusual since in Minoan civilization wall painting were reserved for palaces. In fact, many scholars would argue that the so-called Minoan palaces were actually mortuary complexes.

In general, the dry, repetitive, disconnected style makes the book a difficult read. History books do not need to be dry. The substance of history is fascinating, but only if the various pieces of information are connected through analysis and explanation into a coherent picture of the subject being portrayed. This book unfortunately does not succeed in achieving that.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A Timely Disappointment 18. Januar 2008
Von BubbaHoTep - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I own several other books by this distinguished, veteran Egyptologist; all of them quite wonderful. This volume seems to have been written with the intention of integrating old and new data about the subject in a more relevant and convenient manner. But, perhaps the desire to entertain won out. I was shocked to find a frequently dim, even cynical view of the Egyptians' sincerity, integrity, and religious sensitivity. The plan of the work seems to have been to produce a very informative overview, helping us to place developments along a clear time line. But, here we find mainly a history of the politics of Egyptian religion and magic, with little of the appreciative anthropological insight found in the work of numerous other authors. It appears to me that Dr. David has finally become bored with Egypt, and wishes to share the feeling. Such a book, almost invidious at times, is unfortunate for a scholar who has produced such important, fair, and congenial work in the past. For many centuries, the contributions of the Egyptians were undervalued by scholarship, and I am happy to see that many authors have lately left the sneering behind in favor of a more sensitive and fair approach, instead of trying to bury an obelisk of achievement in a round hole of prejudice.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good book but not for an Intoduction to Egyptian History 9. April 2010
Von C. Varga - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Although most reviwers are saying this book is a bit contradicory and and at times confusing I found the book very interesting and finished it in 4 days.

Although it is at times I think to someone who has at least a base knowledge of the egyptian history and will find this book quite enjoyable. As a more in depth look in the the egyptian culture.

I bought this book at a book store along with another book entitled "Ancient Egypt: Thebes and the Nile Valley in the year 1200 BCE " which is written like a tourist guide book set in Thebes around 1200bc the time of RamsesII of the New Kingdom. by Charlette Booth.

This other book gives a nice introduction to egptian history and actually had some intersting statements about egypiatian daliy life (Although all of this is historiacal scientific conjecture).

Which leads me back to this book here which is also (historalcal conjecture) a "best guess" and was derived from several older sources and therefore some theorys do contradict what ws said earilier.

But as far the contradiction with the preist not able to wear animal skins into the temple and then a few pages later it saying that the priest wore a lepard skin cloak does not say that he entered the temple wearing a lepard skin cloak merely that possibly he wore it outside the temple in public festivals possibly (again conjecture).

Also I don't believe that any of the egyption gods or dieties took on the form shape or chararteristic of a lepard so therefore it would not have insulted or injured the egyptian dieties for a preist to wear such garments in to there sanctuaris of the temple (but again only conjecture).

For someone who has a base knowledge and understanding of the history of Egypt and would like to learn more about why they seemed to be so interested in the afterlife and there progession of belifs this is a good read. and refrence of what time period what dieties wre in fashion to be worshipped and where and by what king or cult.

the book chapters are broken into the basic kingdom perids sarting with the Pre Dynastic going alll the way up to the Roman's taking it over as a territory and somewhat beyound into modern times touched on.

There is some jumping around of rulers and history but that is necesary in order to explain the prgression of the religious histrory and peoples belifs since most things in life do not happen one after the other. They overlap, ebb and flow in importance the sameway water flows.

This is not a acheloligcal history of Egypt but a progression of belifs not as whole. Although to someone who has a good grasp of the "King list" will be able to follow the story qutie easily enough.

for those who would like a lighter more genral explanation the above Traveler's guide to Ancient Egypt is quite good place to start.

Ancient Egypt: Thebes and the Nile Valley in the year 1200 BCE (Traveller's Guide to the Ancient World)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Informative, but not for the basic reader 25. August 2005
Von Claudia R. Dillaire - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is full of interesting facts and data on the full scope of Ancient Egyptian history. More of a scholarly work than an easy read, but very useful for researchers and history buffs. I was a bit disappointed with the book, since many facts were presented with little or no explanation. Overall, worth the time to read.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Never saw a book on Egyptian religion with less about animals 11. Juli 2014
Von Gaius Cornelius Tacitus - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The timeline approach and preoccupation with dry details (usually irrelevant to religion, such as the utterly dull archeological search for the royal tombs) is the best part of the book. For the serious amateur Egyptologist, it can fill in some overall background with fairly recent data. That said, the focus of the book is more centered on kings, dynasties, and military matters. Details about tomb placement and mummification presented without any explanation of why they would be significant. Deities are mentioned in passing, except of course for the cult of Osiris which in my opinion is overemphasized and gives a misleading impression when other deities and cults are not explored. Assertions that "animal gods" and "animals" are important, but I guess not important enough to the author to mention the animals specifically in any detail. Almost no animal drawings or pictures. Deprecating tone toward primitive religion. In a few places parroting sexist tripe rampant in the field of archeology. David equivocates quite a bit, seeming to be catering more to the highly critical and biased British academic community than to the lay reader. She throws out all the ideas and hypotheses, but doesn't provide much argument for any of them, so the reader can't decide what to think. Still, some useful information despite the sexism, dry details and disrespectful attitude toward Egyptian religion. Despite the attention paid to details that don't seem relevant to the topic, the book is easy to read and understand.
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