First Published in 1998. This volume brings together for the first time in a single volume the highly significant works on ancient Egyptian religion by Aylward Manley Blackman (1883-1956). Blackman's knowledge of Egyptian religion was unrivalled. He was best known for his series of studies on Egyptian religion which have long been regarded as essential reading in the subject, and which forms the content of the present collection. Unusually, Blackman did not publish his writings in book form, but preferred to place them in a wide range of publications that are extremely difficult to obtain. Blackman's studies on Egyptian religious belief and particularly religious practice focus on areas of fundamental concern and are models of meticulous, sympathetic and penetrating scholarship. They should remain required reading for all students of Egyptian religion well into the next century. All those with an interest in the subject should welcome this volume which makes Blackman's writings accessible in a convenient form. A select bibliography provides an update and key to more recent work on topics discussed by Blackman.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Generalities: purification; righteousness; salvation; sin; myth and ritual in Ancient Egypt. Part 2 The cult of the dead: the significance of incense and libations in funerary and temple ritual; libations to the dead in Modern Nubia and Ancient Egypt; the Ka-house and the Serdab; some notes on the Ancient Egyptian practice of washing the dead; the rite of opening the mouth in Ancient Egypt and Babylonia. Part 3 The temple cult: priests and priesthood; on the position of women in the Ancient Egyptian hierarchy; worship; sacramental ideas and usages in Ancient Egypt; the house of the morning; the sequence of the episodes in the Egyptian daily temple liturgy; a study of the liturgy celebrated in the temple of the Aton at El-Amarna; the myth of Horus at Edfu II; the consecration of an Egyptian temple according to the use of Edfu; the significance of the ceremony "Hwt Bhsw" in the temple of Horus at Edfu. Part 4 The King: the Pharaoh's placenta and the moon-god Khons; the king of Egypt's grace before meat. Part 5 Communication between gods and men: oracles in Ancient Egypt I - papyrus B.M. 10335; oracles in Ancient Egypt II - B.M.; Ostraka and papyrus 10417.
Professor Aylward M Blackman (Author)