Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

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  • Copyright: 2004-07-08
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This introduction explains the cultural and historical background to the fascinating and complex world of Egyptian myth. To show the variety of source material for Egyptian myth, each chapter features a particular object--such as the obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle, a golden statute of Tutankhamun, and a papyrus containing a story in which the Egyptian gods behave outrageously--which is illustrated by a photograph or line-drawing. In addition to a list of major deities and myths, there are explanations of related topics such as how hieroglyphs work, royal names and titles, and the Egyptian cosmos.

Author Biography

Geraldine Pinch is an Egyptologist at the Oriental Institute of Oxford University and the author of Magic in Ancient Egypt and Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
List of illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The myth of Egypt: imagined Egyptsp. 3
Divine words: language and mythp. 15
The gods themselves: deities and mythp. 30
The beautiful moment: creation mythsp. 43
Black Land, Red Land: the landscapes of mythp. 54
Lord of the Two Lands: myths of nationhoodp. 66
The big fight: conflict and reconciliationp. 77
The eyes of heaven: pairs and sequencesp. 89
Personal myths: myth and popular religionp. 100
The blessing of the mummy: the mythology of deathp. 112
Notesp. 123
Further readingp. 126
Timelinep. 130
Glossaryp. 133
Indexp. 135
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