Kemp uses 100 hieroglyphs as a springboard for discussion of a range of topics ... This clever premise works well ... [an] enjoyable and informative volume
Times Higher Education Supplement
Barry Kemp's book is a capsule key to the ancient Egyptian mind
Dr Norman Hammond, The Times
The author not only reveals day-to-day life in ancient Egypt but builds a fascinating picture of the historical and mythological references which were the cornerstone of Egyptian thought. This is most certainly a book that will challenge and reward
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How To Read The Egyptian Book Of The Dead
The Egyptians created a world of supernatural forces so vivid, powerful and inescapable that controlling one’s destiny within it was a constant preoccupation. In life, supernatural forces manifested themselves through misfortune and illness,and after death were faced for eternity in the Otherworld, along with the divine gods who controlled the universe. The Book of the Dead empowered the reader to overcome the dangers lurking in the Otherworld and to become one with the gods who governed. Barry Kemp selects a number of spells to explore who and what the Egyptians feared and the kind of assistance that the Book offered them, revealing a relationship between the human individual and the divine quite unlike that found in the major faiths of the modern world.