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Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt
Teeter, Emily

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011 pp. xl + 226. $28.99


Description: This book is a vivid reconstruction of the practical aspects of ancient Egyptian religion. Through an examination of artifacts and inscriptions, the text explores a variety of issues. For example, who was allowed to enter the temples, and what rituals were preformed therein? Who served as priests? How were they organized and trained, and what did they do? What was the Egyptians' attitude toward death, and what happened at funerals? How did the living and dead communicate? In what ways could people communicate with the gods? What impact did religion have on the economy and longevity of the society? This book demystifies Egyptian religion, exploring what it meant to the people and society. The text is richly illustrated with images of rituals and religious objects.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Egyptian Literature, Literature


Review by Michael B. Hundley
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Published 3/15/2013
Citation: Michael B. Hundley, review of Emily Teeter, Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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