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Book of the Dead

A famous funerary work of the ancient Egyptians, consisting of prayers and exorcisms intended for the benefit of the soul on its journey through Amenti (Hades). Such being its purpose, portions of it were placed with the mummy when entombed. Nearly one half of all the Egyptian papyri now in existence consist of copies of this work, and from them a good text of the whole has been constructed by Naville, in Das Aegyptische Todtenbuch der XVIII bis XX Dynastie (Berlin, 1886). See, also, an interesting review of this work by Miss Edwards in the Academy (London) for September 10th, 1887.

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