The Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Ani

Book of the Dead - Sir E. A. Wallis Budge

The Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Ani


Translated by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge

“The Egyptian Book of the Dead” is by far the most sensational book handed down from the priests of ancient Egypt. After nearly 4500 years it still intrigues modern readers with its imaginative insights into the universal human condition and the desire for a blissful afterlife. Entombed with this book of rituals, the deceased had an illustrated travel guide for the nightly journey with the sun through the dark and dangerous underworld, providing a guarantee of resurrection in the afterlife at dawn. We discover in the Book of the Dead a commonly shared humanity that reaches out to us across more than four thousand years with timeless and universal expressions of hopes and fears that are sometimes quite familiar, sometimes quite strange.

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About Sir E. A. Wallis Budge

Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge (July 27, 1857 November 23, 1934) was an English Egyptologist, Orientalist, and philologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works on the ancient Near East. Budge was was a strong proponent of liberal Christianity and was devoted to comparative religions. He is well known for translating The Egyptian Book of The Dead and analyzing many of the practices of Egyptian religion and language.

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