- Taschenbuch: 266 Seiten
- Verlag: Cambridge University Press (13. Juni 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0521613000
- ISBN-13: 978-0521613002
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,5 x 1,5 x 25,3 cm
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Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. Juni 2011
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'In Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt, Emily Teeter presents her readers with a very helpful offering on Egyptian religion. Rather than examining abstract or esoteric principles, Teeter's book aims to address lived religion, 'how ancient Egyptians related to and worshipped their gods, and how religion affected their daily lives' … In it she ably familiarizes the reader with the fundamental elements of Egyptian religion, including the priests, temples, festivals, divine-human communication, magic, and the afterlife … Overall, Teeter's work is to be highly recommended both for the classroom and for the scholar of biblical and comparative literature.' Michael B. Hundley, Journal of Biblical Literature
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This book demystifies ancient Egyptian religion, exploring what it meant to the people and their society. The text and rich illustrations explore and explain what rituals were enacted in temples, who served as priests, how people communicated with the gods, and the complex rituals associated with death and burial.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Teeter also mentions festivals and how they might have been celebrated. This particular chapter was a little disappointing if only because it was (a) so short and (b) didn't have the greatest sample of festivals. She chose to write about the Beautiful Feast of the Valley and the Festival of Amenhotep I. The Beautiful Feast is a good one to write on, yet I couldn't help but feel that there are plenty of other, more interesting festivals to talk about. What about Khoiak? Even the Sed Festival would have been more informative than Amenhotep I's (no offense intended toward him, of course!)
Teeter also talks about different forms of devotion for the average worshipper, including hermitage in one of the local temples. You'll also read about ancient Egyptian magic, its place in society, and much, much more.
My last criticism is I think Teeter tends to lean heavily on the "ancient peoples terrified of their world invented their religion so they could feel better" viewpoint. For sure, the ancient Egyptians found their religion comforting. But I'm not sure all of it was just for comfort and comfort alone.
Ancient Egypt has left us a lot of records of how her people lived. Unfortunately, it's hard to tell what people other than priests and kings did since only the elite were literate. Any book that contributes to our knowledge of personal piety (ie: the piety of the common people) is very much welcome.
If you're interested in ancient Egypt, I would recommend this book. If you are a Kemetic (worshipper of the ancient Egyptian gods), then I would also recommend this book. It's terrific. I can't recommend it highly enough.
One overarching theme runs through the entire work: The incredible longevity of the ancient egyptian religion, which seems to us so bizarre and complicated in the extreme, was due to the fact that it offered real comfort and support to a largely illiterate population, allowing for non-violent resolution of daily conflicts, simple incentives to do right, and reassuring answers to the mysteries of birth and death. The innumerable strange gods with heads of birds, beetles, cows, and crocodiles were basically benevolent and helpful figures from egyptian everyday life, and perhaps no more fanciful than centaurs, many armed shivas, eleven headed bodhisattvas, voluptuous genies, or three persons in one.
Some of the black and white photographs are slightly dark, and, in this reviewer's opinion, Teeter is a bit hard on pharaoh Akhenaten and his incorporeal monotheism, but still the work is enormously valuable and deserves five stars.
That is the question which Teeter explores. The book does not delve into the mythology of the gods but rather focuses on what they meant to the average man or woman on the street. Teeter portrays a religion that was accessible to everyone, brought the community together, offered deities which were approachable--if sometimes unpredictable and even dangerous. The Egyptian religion upheld a strong moral code and offered the promise of eternal life to those who lived a good and pious life on earth.
The author's style is very readable and painless. I recommend it for readers interested in the inner life of the Egyptians and in comparitive religion in general.
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