Legends of ancient Egypt: stories of Egyptian gods and heroes (with colored illustrations)

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Associated with the early faiths of all peoples are various legends that help us to understand how they grew and developed, how they came out of darkness into light. The story of the origin of our own race is rich in such traditions, and the myths of Greece and Rome are common knowledge. But in the Egyptian story, there is little to tell of the childhood stage of a people's development. Far as we can go back in their records, we always find Egypt in an advanced stage of civilization, with religion removed almost entirely beyond the stage of myth. The one great legend connected with their faith is the story of the sufferings of Isis and her search for Osiris, her spouse, and even this is probably allegory rather than myth.

The faith professed by the Egyptians was as noble and sublime as any that the world has known. That it fell later into a confused belief in countless petty gods was due to priestcraft rather than to any fault in the faith itself. In all about them the Egyptians saw the hand of God in the rising 2f the Nile and the fertilizing soil; in bird and beast, in sun and moon, in sky and earth and sea. But no mere nature- worshippers were they. The different aspects of nature which attracted their curiosity or commanded their awe were but symbols of a Supreme God, who manifested himself in all his works, and who must need be honored by the gift of the best of their handiwork.


Contents of the books


I. THE PEOPLE OF ANCIENT EGYPT 13

II. THE BELIEFS OF THE EGYPTIANS 20

III. THE BEGINNING OF ALL THINGS 30

IV. THE LIFE BEYOND 33
V. THE STORY OF RA AND ISIS 41

THE STORY OF ISIS AND OSIRIS

VI. THE KINGDOM OF OSIRIS 49

VII. THE QUEST OF ISIS 77

VIII. THE PERSECUTION BY TYPHON 104

IX. THE WORK OF HORUS 130

ANCIENT RULERS OF EGYPT

X. THE BUILDERS OF THE PYRAMIDS 151

XI. THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX 1C7

XII. THE GUARDIANS OF THE DESERT 172

XIII. THE BUILDERS OF THE TEMPLES 175

XIV. THE LADY OF THE OBELISKS 183 


XV. THE JOURNEY OF KHENSU TO BEKHTEN 190

XVI. IN THE DAYS OF THE FAMINE

io Egyptian Gods and Heroes

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XVII. THE TREASURE-CHAMBER OF RHAMPSINITUS 204

XVIII. THE REIGN OF THE TWELVE KINGS 215

XIX. THE SHADOW OF THE END 222

XX. THE GLORY OF THE SUNSET 233

XXI. LIGHT UPON THE DARKNESS 252


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