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The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead / by Carol Andrews (Editor), Raymond Oliver Faulkner

Midwest Book Review The Book of the Dead is the name now given to a collection of religious and magical texts known to the ancient Egyptians as The Chapter of Coming-forth by Day. Their principal aim was to secure for the deceased a satisfactory afterlife and to give him the power to leave his tomb when necessary. Copies of The Book of the Dead written on papyrus rolls were placed in the tombs of important Egyptians, each roll containing a selection of chapters. Many examples have survived from antiquity, dating mostly from c. 1500 BC to 250 BC. In this volume, the text translated by the late Dr. R. O. Faulkner is that found in the papyrus prepared for the scribe Ani which is one of the greatest treasures in the British Museum. The vignettes are taken from the many finely illustrated copies which are preserved in the British Museum collections. With 60 color and 85 black & white illustrations, The Ancient Egyptian Book Of The Dead is an important contribution to Egyptology and will prove of great interest in metaphysical studies as well.


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Restless Dead : Encounters Between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece / by Sarah Iles Johnston

During the archaic and classical periods, Greek ideas about the dead evolved in response to changing social and cultural conditions--most notably changes associated with the development of the polis, such as funerary legislation, and changes due to increased contacts with cultures of the ancient Near East. In
Restless Dead, Sarah Iles Johnston presents and interprets these changes, using them to build a complex picture of the way in which the society of the dead reflected that of the living, expressing and defusing its tensions, reiterating its values and eventually becoming a source of significant power for those who knew how to control it. She draws on both well-known sources, such as Athenian tragedies, and newer texts, such as the Derveni Papyrus and a recently published lex sacra from Selinous. Topics of focus include the origin of the goes (the ritual practitioner who made interaction with the dead his specialty), the threat to the living presented by the ghosts of those who died dishonorably or prematurely, the development of Hecate into a mistress of ghosts and its connection to female rites of transition, and the complex nature of the Erinyes. Restless Dead culminates with a new reading of Aeschylus' Oresteia that emphasizes how Athenian myth and cult manipulated ideas about the dead to serve political and social ends. "[This work] will represent the principal study of ancient Greek beliefs in the intervention of the dead, a topic of acute relevance to the study of classical literature, Greek religion, and the later cultures that spawned curse tablets and versions of Christianity." --David Frankfurter, author of Religion in Roman Egypt.

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Awakening Osiris: the Egyptian Book of the Dead / translated by Normandi Ellis

The Egyptian Book of the Dead is on of the oldes and greatest classics of Western spirituality. Until now, the available traslations have treated these writings as historical curiosities with little relevance to our contemporary situation. This translation, made from hierglyphs, approaches the Book of the Dead as a profound spiritual text which is capable of speaking to us today.






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The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: practical rituals, prayers, blessings and meditations on Crossing Over / Starhawk

 

Birth, growth, death, and rebirth are a cycle that forms the underlying order of the universe. This is the core of Pagan belief-- and the heart of this unique resource guide to death and the process of dying. Filled with encouragement, strength and inspiration, The Pagan Book of Living and Dying is an invaluable source of both spiritual counsel and very practical tools and techniques.



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A Beginner's guide to Constructing the Universe: the Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art and Science; a voyage of 1 to 10 / Michael S. Schneider

 

We are lead on a philosphical journey along the nuimbers of one through ten to explore the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, cyrstals, plants, and the human body, expressed in the symbolic language of folk sayings and fairy tales, myth and religion, art and architecture.

 

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A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism / by Gareth Knight

 

A reviewer: Gareth Knight has put together perhaps the most complete assessment of Qabalistic symbology yet published in one book, both for the Tree of Life and the Tarot. As such, it's value to beginning students of Qabalah cannot be overstated. Be this as it may, Knight sometimes uses the book as a soapbox for trumpeting his particular Christian/Scientology brand of Qabalistic dogma, which may leave many libertines out in the cold. He also mistakenly considers Gematria unnecessary to the understanding Qabalistic
symbology (!) and tends to beat up Aleister Crowley needlessly while embracing the Master's exchange of the Tarot cards The Emperor and The Star in accordance with Liber AL vel Legis (an allusion to L. Ron Hubbard's Thelemic roots, methinks). However, in spite of these drawbacks, Knight presents the Qabalah lucidly and with great erudition, in a language which is suprisingly accessible to all newcomers. He even dares to show how the Christian Mysteries are relevant to Qabalistic philosophy, often considered taboo in esoteric circles. One of the best features of the book is Knight's thorough comparative analysis of numerous Tarot symbologies, including those of A. E. Waite, Aleister Crowley, and Paul
Foster Case. This is definitely an important work which belongs on every Qabalist's bookshelf.

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21lessons.gif (7794 bytes) The 21 Lessons of Merlyn: A Study in Druid Magic and Lore / by Douglas Monroe

 

Controversial book on whether or not the book should be classified as fact or fiction.  Read the reviews at the Amazon site and judge for yourself. 



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A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery / by Mary Anne. Atwood

 

This book presents to the Victorian population of its time the concept of hermeticism.  Introduction by Wilmshurst.   Controversial in its time because of the introduction of the topic into the society.





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