Egypt’s cultural heritage is vast, and the story of this sophisticated ancient civilisation has captured our imagination with its vast treasure chests of found objects, archaeological sites, hieroglyphic inscriptions and beautiful tomb art.
This vivid and authorative reference book introduces us to the gods and godesses of Egypt, their characters and identifying features, and also the myths surrounding them, and their role in the creation of society.
Between the people and the gods was the pharoah, a human embodiment of a divine being. With the help of the high priests, divine law was acted through religion. The role of the priests and their work in the temples is examined in detail in this book. Elaborate funerary rituals, offerings to the gods, festivals, taboos. superstitions, dreams and oracles reveal how far religion influenced and enriched the lives of the ordinary people.
With maps, chronologies, and artworks supplementing hundreds of full-colour photographs of artifacts, tombs and the Egyptian landscape, Egypt: Gods, Myths and Religion is a fascinating exploration of this unique ancient society.
Lucia Gahlin is an Egyptologist who studied at University College, University of London (UCL). She currently lectures at UCL, and the Universities of Warwick, Surrey and Reading and has also led study tours around Egypt. She is heavily involved with the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London.