Egyptian Book Of The Dead

Egyptian Book Of The Dead

An excerpt from a famous historical text? Why not?

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Egyptian Book Of The Dead, Spell 17. A text about the nature of the creator-god Atum. This is one of the longest, most complex, most frequently included spells; the text is often so obscure that it incorporates comments or glosses explaining the meaning of the words or offering alternatives. The purpose of this spell was to ensure the owner could demonstrate his knowledge of religious secrets if challenged in the afterlife. It’s first known as Spell 335 of the Coffin Texts. Part of the spell, as found in the Papyrus of Ani, reads:

All the evil which was on me has been removed.

What does that mean? It means that I was cleansed on the day of my birth in the two great and noble marshes which are in Heracleopolis on the day when the common folk make offerings to the Great God who is therein.

What are they? ‘Eternity’ is the name of one; ‘Sea’ is the name of the other. They are the Lake of Natron and the Lake of Maat. Otherwise said: ‘Eternity governs’ is the name of one; ‘Sea’ is the name of the other. Otherwise said: ‘Seed of Eternity’ is the name of one; ‘Sea’ is the name of the other. As for that Great God who is therein, he is Ra himself. — Book of the Dead, Spell 17.

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