Living with the Dead: Ancestor Worship and Mortuary Ritual in Ancient Egypt

By Nicola Harrington

Residing with the useless offers an in depth research of ancestor worship in Egypt, utilizing a various diversity of fabric, either archaeological and anthropological, to envision the courting among the dwelling and the useless. Iconography and terminology linked to the deceased demonstrate vague ameliorations among the blessedness and malevolence and that the effective spirit of the lifeless required consistent propitiation within the kind of worship and choices. a variety of proof is gifted for mortuary cults that have been in operation all through Egyptian historical past and for a number of the locations, similar to the home, shrines, chapels and tomb doors, the place the residing may well engage with the useless. the non-public statue cult, the place photos of people have been honored as intermediaries among humans and the Gods is additionally mentioned. Collective gatherings and formality feasting observed the burial rites with separate, mortuary banquets helping retain ongoing ritual practices targeting the deceased. whatever of a contradiction in attitudes is expressed within the proof for tomb theft, the reuse of tombs and funerary gear and the ways that groups handled the demise and burial of kids and others at the edge of society.

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