Book of the dead

  • Book of the dead
  • The book of the dead

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OTA keywords

Ancient religious texts

LC keywords

Myths and legends

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Creation Date

1250 BCE

Source Description

Not recorded. When describing images from the original, the electronic transcriber occasionally makes reference to the Papyrus of Ani at the British Museum. It is unclear whether or not the electronic text is based on this particular papyrus. The order of the text is different from that of the celebrated translation by Sir E. Wallis Budge.


Title proper taken from Electronic text

Books of the dead are Egyptian funerary texts and consist of spells, charms, and formulas to be said by the deceased during their journey to the Underworld. Such texts were originally inscribed in stone but later were written on papyrus and often contained illustrations. They were commissioned by the deceased before their death

The first half of the text also contains descriptions of the images on the papyrus from which the depositor has made his transcription

Modern translation, probably by the compiler himself

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