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The Religion of Ancient Egypt (Classic Reprint) (Paperback)

By: W. M. Flinders Petrie

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Before dealing with the special varieties of the Egyptians'' belief in gods, it is best to try to avoid a misunderstanding of their whole conception of the supernatural. The term god has come to tacitly imply to our minds such a highly specialised group of attributes, that we can hardly throw our ideas back into the more remote conceptions to which we also attach the same name. It is unfortunate that every other word for supernatural intelligences has become debased, so that we cannot well speak of demons, devils, ghosts, or fairies without implying a noxious or a trifling meaning, quite unsuited to the ancient deities that were so beneficent and powerful. If then we use the word god for such conceptions, it must always

Table of Contents

I The Nature of Gods, 1; II The Nature of Man, 7; III The Future Life, 12; IV Animal Worship, 20; V The Groups of Gods Animal-Headed Gods, 28; VI The Human Gods, 37; VII The Cosmic Gods, 50; VIII The Abstract Gods, 58; IX The Foreign Gods, 62; X The Cosmogony, 67; XI The Ritual and Priesthood, 70; XII The Sacred Books, 76; XIII Private Worship, 81; XIV Egyptian Ethics, 86; XV The Influence of Egypt, 90; Index, 94

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