Book of the Dead
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Ancient Egyptian collection of funeral texts. Generally used from ca. 1550 bc–50 bc, these texts—also known as the Book of Coming Out by Day—were meant to guide a deceased person through the underworld and into the afterlife.
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Book of the Dead
BOOK OF THE DEAD* Modern name (nonbiblical) given to ancient Egyptian funerary (burial) texts. In the broadest sense, it designates all such texts, whether found on pyramid walls, coffins, or papyri. Some scholars use the term in a narrower sense, to mean the later forms of such texts written on papyri.
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BOOK OF THE DEAD
BOOK OF THE DEAD. A compendium of Egyptian incantations, hymnic interludes, magic spells, and pictorial vignettes of mythic action needed for a mummy’s successful reanimation in the afterlife. While originating as Old Kingdom pyramid texts, by the Middle Kingdom texts were inscribed inside coffins. By
COFFIN TEXTS. The Coffin Texts are a corpus of 1,185 magical spells to help the deceased make a successful transition to the afterlife.Inscribed on the coffins, tomb walls, and funerary objects of wealthy nonroyal Egyptians during the Middle Kingdom, they describe the afterlife as a place of work. In