Description - Death in Ancient Egypt by Bridget McDermott
Life and death are never far apart in Egyptian culture and society, and Bridget McDermott's book looks beyond funerary rites and mummification to explore the beliefs and customs of ordinary people. The book looks at how death occurred - through illness, accidents and violent death, as well as in the natural course. We discover the function of the house of eternity and the way in which it served and sustained the spirit. The process of grief and mourning is also presented, with the attempts to keep the memory of the loved one alive through ritual sacrifice. The author looks at funerary festivals, such as the 'celebration of the beautiful dead' and uncovers the role of ancestor cults in securing the continuity not just of royal lines but of all families. This is a personal and engaging view of death in ancient Egypt. Although it may seem that the Egyptians were preoccupied with death, nothing could be further from the truth. Bridget McDermott shows how it was, ironically, a love of life that drove Egyptians to preserve the physical and uphold a code of moral conduct designed to ensure spiritual survival.
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(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
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Author Biography - Bridget McDermott
Bridget McDermott has a degree in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool and a doctorate from the University of Manchester, researching the Egyptian military. She has published several research papers and has illustrated a number of archaeological reports. She is the author of Decoding Hieroglyphs, which won the Longman-History Today New Generation Historical Book of the Year Prize in 2002 and Warfare in Ancient Egypt (Sutton, 2004).