The priests of ancient Egypt by Serge Sauneron

By Serge Sauneron

The gods have been all over the place in old Egypt. Represented via statues, bas-reliefs, and funerary work, they even walked one of the Egyptians within the individual of Pharaoh, thought of to be a residing god, son of the divine Ra. What greater strategy to take into account that far-off tradition than by means of turning into conversant in the folk who served these gods? utilizing as his resources the Egyptian texts and the testimony of classical authors, Serge Sauneron illuminates the function of the priesthood in historic Egypt.

He recreates the procedure of considered one of many nice civilizations of antiquity, addressing such subject matters as priestly features, the realm of the temples, holy fairs, tombs, and pyramids. Sauneron describes the ceremonies of day-by-day worship, thought of important in combating the world's descent into chaos. he's taking us deep into the sacred precincts of the temples― domestic to the divine statues within which part of the god used to be believed to stay. one of many tasks of the monks was once to keep up those sacred effigies, to nourish, dress, and defend them from assaults by way of evil spirits. This variation of The clergymen of old Egypt, an augmented model of the 1957 vintage, used to be released in France in 1988, and has been translated authoritatively by means of David Lorton.

Show description

Read or Download The priests of ancient Egypt PDF

Best new age books

The Magic (The Secret, Book 3)

ONE notice alterations EVERYTHING

For greater than twenty centuries, phrases inside of a sacred textual content have mystified, burdened, and been misunderstood by way of just about all who learn them. just a only a few humans via heritage have discovered that the phrases are a riddle, and that after you remedy the riddle--once you discover the mystery--a new global will seem earlier than your eyes.

In The Magic, Rhonda Byrne unearths this life-changing wisdom to the area. Then, on a tremendous 28-day trip, she teaches you the way to use this data on your daily life.

No topic who you're, regardless of the place you're, it doesn't matter what your present situations, The Magic goes to alter all your life!

Living in the Light: Follow Your Inner Guidance to Create a New Life and a New World (25th Anniversary Edition)

Own progress pioneer Shakti Gawain has been mentoring readers towards optimum residing for 3 many years. Her books are ever-vital classics that not just broke flooring for friends equivalent to Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and Don Miguel Ruiz yet proceed to empower succeeding generations of seekers and lecturers.

Beltane: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for May Day (Llewellyn's Sabbat Essentials)

Gentle the fires of social gathering with Beltane’s invigorating strength

Beltane—also often called could Day—is a time of fertility and progress. because the begin of the summer time, Beltane is the suitable time to place plans into motion. This consultant to the background and glossy celebrations of Beltane indicates you the way to accomplish rituals and paintings magic for defense, abundance, and extra.

• Rituals
• Recipes
• Lore
• Spells
• Divination
• Crafts
• Correspondences
• Invocations
• Prayers
• Meditations

Llewellyn’s Sabbat necessities discover the outdated and new methods of celebrating the seasonal rites which are the cornerstones of the witch’s yr.

Extra info for The priests of ancient Egypt

Example text

There is no misfortune nor evil for the one who lives on His benefits; there is no damnation for the one who serves Him; for His care reaches to heaven and His security to the earth: His protection is greater than that of all the gods. [Edfu V, 343i-»-344«, transl. M. ] The tone here is infinitely more serene - and the thought more elevated; there is no longer a question of reviewing prohibited offenses, but of exalting the virtues of an existence spent in the regular worship of the god, and the happiness that results from it.

These purifications were performed in the sacred lakes near the temples; before doing their service, in the morning, the priests went down to the water and sprinkled themselves copiously. When there was no lake, a stone basin or bowl took its place. To this 'rite' there the water which 36 life is, is already attached a certain symbolism; in religious thought, the primordial came - it is also where the dying sun, element from goes at sunset, to take new energy to rejuvenate it on the morrow. Thus certain reliefs show a purification scene in which the water which falls from the pitchers is replaced by a rain of little symbols of life: the morning ablution then endows the officials .

They were circumcised for cleanliness, for they put cleanliness above aesthetics. ] The candidates for the priesthood were not always circumcised, for one could enter the priestly apprenticeship at a very young age, but they probably submitted to this operation the moment they officially acceded to their charge. Under the emperor Hadrian, circumcision became a distinctive mark of the priests. In what measure had this practice previously been in current usage? Did it constitute, in the great epochs, one of the necessary conditions of the priesthood?

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.32 of 5 – based on 32 votes