The Egyptian Amduat: The Book of the Hidden Chamber [Erik Hornung] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the Amduat, the night- journey. Book of the Am-Tuat, Budge tr. at The Book of the Amduat was called by the Egyptians ‘The Book of the Secret Chamber’ and was a knowledge oriented book. Additionally, it is the first completely.

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Translated by David Warburton. We know it since the time of queen Hatshepsut, ca.

ANCIENT EGYPT : The Book of the Hidden Chamber : Ancient Egyptian Pataphysics of Creation

C, and during the 18th dynasty it forms the exclusive decoration on the walls of the royal burial chamber. In Ramesside time 19th and 20th dynastyit still belongs to the standard decoration of royal tombs, besides other Books of the Netherworld.

The only non-royal person in the New Kingdom who has used an Amduat for his tomb is the vizier highest official Useramun who was in office under Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III. After the end of the New Kingdom B.

The Egyptian Amduat – The Book of the Hidden Chamber

Amudatthe Amduat was copied on papyri and on coffins and became now available for priests and their relatives. It was still prominent in tombs of the Late Period and on royal or non-royal sarcophagi until the Ptolemaic Period.


Quotations from it are still found in the Roman Period. Whereas the Book of the Dead is composed of individual spells with no fixed sequence, the Books of the Netherworld follow a strict pattern. The earlier compositions Amduat and Book of If are divided into twelve sections which correspond to the twelve hours of the night, text and pictures always forming a unity.

Thus for the first time in history, the world beyond death is described here in word and image. In addition to the long, illustrated version of the Amduat, a short version, without illustrations, is found in the tombs and on papyri. It is a sort of abstract or summary, listing important names and adding further remarks on the usefulness of the book.

Amduat – Wikipedia

Only Tuthmosis III, in the upper pillared hall of his tomb, adds deities from the Amduat to this catalogue, enemies excluded. Stars are added to express the desired ascent of the Ba-soul to heaven. During the 18th dynasty, all texts are written in cursive hieroglyphs which were used for religious texts on papyri. For quick orientation, introductions and instructions are written in red, the rest black.

Starting with Tutankhamun, the writing changes to normal hieroglyphs which are usually coloured. In our text, we transcribe the cursive forms into normal hieroglyphs and follow, wherever possible, the version of Amenhotep II, but in some places it had to be corrected or boom the red parts rubra are mostly identical in the tombs of Tuthmosis III and Amenhotep II, but Tuthmosis, trying to follow the orientation of the hours according to the text, had to rearrange some of the registers each hour but the first is divided into three horizontal sections, the registers.


Normally, in the center of each hour the sun bark is placed, showing the sun god in his ram-headed, nocturnal form the ram is one of the signs for the Ba-soul passing through the Netherworld.

The numbers in brackets refer to this edition, and the continuous numbering of the deities without brackets is now generally used, going back to the German edition with translation and commentary of A subsequent volume with the same layout will bring a detailed psychological commentary by Theodor Abt.

The commentary is based on lectures given at the Research and Training Centre for Depth Psychology in and Scene from the catalogue of the deities from the Amduat, 10th hour, Middle Register.

Knowledge for the Afterlife — A Quest for Immortality. The Egyptian Book of Gates.

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