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The Ancient Egyptians: Beliefs & Practices

  • Series: Beliefs & Practices
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press; 2nd edition (April 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898723729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898723721
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces



This updated and fully revised second edition contains a new selection of plates and illustrations. The book traces the evolution of religious beliefs and practices within the historical and poltitical contexts of the main periods of Egypt’s civilization. It shows how historical and political events influenced state cults, temple rituals and frnerary apractices and emphasises how religion permeated most aspects of everyday life, including law, medicine and education. The book describes how some religious customs have even survived, in different forms, until the present day. Contains extensive bibliographies of primary and secondary sources.


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Editorial Review


“A readable introduction to the main themes—creation myths and solar beliefs, priesthood and ritual, Osiris and the theology of kingship, architecture and iconography—set into the context of Egyptian history as it develops over two and a half millennia.”  —Expository Times

About the Author

Rosalie David is a reader in Egyptology at the University of Manchester and the keeper of Egyptology at the Manchester University Museum. She lectures on ancient Egyptian religion and her research has included the scientific investigation of Egyptian mummies and a study of Egyptian temple ritual. She is the author of more than 20 books on Egyptology, including Egyptian Mummies and Modern Science.