Breathing Flesh: Conceptions of the Body in the Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts

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The ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts form a corpus of ritual spells written on the inside of coffins from the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000-1650 BCE). Thus, accompanying the deceased in a very concrete sense, the spells are part of a long Egyptian tradition of equipping the dead with ritual texts, ensuring the transition from the state of a living human being to that of a deceased ancestor. The texts present a view of death as entailing threats to the function of the body, often conceptualized as bodily fragmentation or dysfunction. ...

Breathing Flesh: Conceptions of the Body in the Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts 2009, Museum Tusculanum Press

ISBN-13: 9788763526050

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