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10/22/08 BR- describe one interesting thing that you learned on the field trip yesterday. Today : Understanding the Purpose and Content of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Make sure to hand in scavenger hunts from yesterday! Story of Osiris summary/cartoon is due on Thursday!.

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10 22 08 br describe one interesting thing that you learned on the field trip yesterday

10/22/08BR- describe one interesting thing that you learned on the field trip yesterday.

Today: Understanding the Purpose and Content of the Egyptian Book of the Dead

  • Make sure to hand in scavenger hunts from yesterday!

  • Story of Osiris summary/cartoon is due on Thursday!


The egyptian book of the dead

The Egyptian Book of the Dead

What we call the Egyptian Book of the Dead was known to the Egyptians as Reu nu pert em hru translated that means “The Chapters of coming forth by day.” It is a collection of chapters made up of magic spells and formulas. It was illustrated and written on papyrus. These papyri were commissioned by the deceased before their death. Like most products these text came in different qualities. You could commission the finest quality papyrus money could buy or you could purchase one "off the rack" and have a scribe fill in the blanks with your name.


10 22 08 br describe one interesting thing that you learned on the field trip yesterday

This collection of funerary chapters began to appear in Egyptian tombs around 1600 BC. It can be thought of as the deceased's guidebook to a happy afterlife. The text was intended to be read by the deceased during their journey into the Underworld. It enabled the deceased to overcome obstacles and not lose their way. It did this by teaching passwords, giving clues, and revealing routes that would allow the deceased to answer questions and navigate around hazards. It would grant the help and protection of the gods while proclaiming the deceased's identity with the gods. The Papyrus of Ani is one of the finest and most complete examples of this type of Egyptian funerary text to survive. The Papyrus of Ani now resides in The British Museum, London.


10 22 08 br describe one interesting thing that you learned on the field trip yesterday

The Funeral Procession of the Royal Scribe Ani.From the Papyrus of Ani. (c. 1400 B.C.)The British Museum, London

  • The Egyptians believed that the human soul used the first night after death to travel into the afterlife. However, the body, which the Egyptians believed was an essential element to the afterlife had to be mummified to preserve it for eternity. The mummification process took 72 days to perform properly. This was the time to put finishing touches on the tomb and to pack all the deceased's worldly possessions, which surely would be needed in the afterlife.


The funeral procession of the royal scribe ani

The Funeral Procession of the Royal Scribe Ani.

  • In this picture we see servants or hired hands carrying Ani's home furnishings,

    Servants are dragging a chest on which Anubis is sitting, inside the chest is

    more of Ani's worldly possessions or perhaps his canopic jars. All of these objects

    will be placed in the tomb for his use in the afterlife. In front of them are eight male

    mourners dressed in white. Ani's mummy rides on a funerary boat which is being

    drawn by oxen. Very hard to see in this picture are the goddesses Isis and

    Nephthys who are usually shown in this scene protecting the dead. Ani's wife

    mourns at his side. The man wearing a leopard skin and turned back towards Ani's

    mummy is a priest, he is burning incense.


10 22 08 br describe one interesting thing that you learned on the field trip yesterday

  • There are men carrying more of Ani's belongings. The group of women in clothed in blue are a party of paid, professional mourners who wail and pat dirt on their heads. This was an Egyptian show of mourning. The cow and calf are food offerings that will be used for the funeral feast.

  • Ani's mummy stands before the entrance of his tomb, in the protective embrace of Anubis. His wife mourns at his feet. Behind her are offerings and three priests. One reads from a papyrus, while the other two are about to perform an important ceremony called the "opening of the mouth and eyes." This ceremony was thought to restore the mummy's ability to see, breathe, eat and drink


10 22 08 br describe one interesting thing that you learned on the field trip yesterday

The mummy stands before the entrance of his tomb, in the

protective embrace of Anubis. The two women are probably family

members, they are patting dirt on their heads, this was a sign of

mourning. Behind them are three priests. The priest wearing the

leopard skin (a sign of priesthood) burns incense and presents

offerings of food and drink, while the other two are about to perform

the important ceremony of “opening of the mouth.” This ceremony

was thought to restore the mummy's ability to see, breathe, eat and

drink.


The hall of maat

The Hall of Maat

  • The Hall of Maat is where the judgment of the dead was performed. This was done by weighing one's heart (conscience) against the feather of Maat (truth and justice). Here we see Anubis leading Ani to the scales of Maat. Anubis weights Ani’s heart against the feather to see if he is worthy of joining the gods in the Fields of Peace. Ammut is also present, as a demon waiting to devour Hunefer's heart should he prove unworthy. Thoth stands to the right of the scales recording the results. Having passed this test Ani is now lead by Horus to meet the King of the dead, Osiris. The throne of Osiris rests on a pool of water from which a lotus flower is growing, upon the lotus stand the four sons of Horus. Behind the throne of Osiris stands Isis and her sister Nephthys.


Sekhet hetepet the fields of peace

Sekhet-Hetepet - The Fields of Peace.

  • Ani pays his respects to the gods who dwell in Sekhet-Hetepet (Fields of Peace) and asks the gods to help him to enter into Sekhet-Hetepet so that he may "become a khu, drink, plow, reap, fight, make love, never be in a state of servitude and always be in a position of authority therein".


Why did you need to be buried with your own copy of the book of the dead

Why did you need to be buried with your own copy of the “Book of the Dead?”

-The passage into the afterlife was a series of challenges.

-The book was your “cheat code” to get you through each stage.


Stage 1 weighing of the heart

Stage 1 - Weighing of the heart

Like you saw above this is where the heart was “weighed” but, the book could offer spells to help balance the equation.

O my heart which I had from my mother! O my heart of different ages! Do not stand up as a witness against me, do not be opposed to me in the tribunal, do not be hostile to me in the presence of the keeper of the balance, for you are my ka which was in my body, the protector who made my members hale. Go forth to the happy place whereto we speed, do not tell lies about me in the presence of the god; it is indeed well that you should hear!


Other stages guardians

Other Stages - Guardians

On the journey to the fields of peace, the person’s soul would have to pass by several guardians or gatekeepers using secret words.

The third gate: the name of its gatekeeper is 'One who eats the Putrefaction of his Posterior'; the name of its guardian is 'Alert of Face'; the name of the announcer in it is 'Gateway'.Words spoken by the Osiris-[name], the justified, when arriving at the gate: 'I am the secret one of the cloudburst, the one who separated the Two Companions. It is in order that I might drive away evil from Osiris that I have come. I am the one who clothed his own standard, who emerges in the Wereret-Crown. I have established offerings in Abydos. Open the way for me in Rosetjau because I have relieved the sickness in Osiris. I have painted his perch. Make way for me so that he might shine in Rosetjau.


Last stage 42 confessions

Last stage - 42 Confessions

In the final stage the person had to make 42 “negative confessions.” The book would help them make these confessions.

Wide-of-stride who comes from On: I have not done evil.

Flame-grasper who comes from Kheraha: I have not robbed.

Long-nosed who comes from Khmun: I have not coveted.

Shadow-eater who comes from the cave: I have not stolen.

Savage-faced who comes from Rosetjau: I have not killed people...


Links

Links..

  • http://web.ukonline.co.uk/gavin.egypt/papyrus.htm

  • http://www.egyptartsite.com/ani.html


Exit slip 10 points

Exit Slip - 10 Points

Describe what the Egyptian “Book of the Dead” was and what it was used for.


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