The mummy - PDF book by E. A. Wallis Budge

The mummy; chapters on Egyptian funereal archaeology

The mummy 

From preface:
The chapters contained in this book were originally written to form the Introduction to the Catalogue of the Egyptian Collection in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, which I wrote for the Syndics of that institution; they are intended to supply the information necessary for understanding the object and use of the antiquities described therein. In the hope, however, that they may be of service to all such as are interested in the antiquities of Egypt, it has been decided to publish them in a separate form.

The monuments and remains of ancient Egypt preserved in the great museums of Europe and Egypt are chiefly of a sepulchral character, and we owe them entirely to the belief of the Egyptians that the soul would at some period revivify the body, and to the care, consequent on this belief, with which they embalmed the bodies of their dead so that they might resist the action of decay, and be ready for the return of the soul. 

The preservation of the embalmed body, or mummy, was the chief end and aim of every Egyptian who wished for everlasting life. For the sake of the mummy's safety tombs were hewn, papyri were inscribed with composition.s, the knowledge of which would enable him to repel the attacks of demons, ceremonies were performed and services were recited; for the sake of the comfort of the mummy and his ka, or genius, the tombs were decorated with scenes which would remind him of those with which he was familiar when upon earth, and they were also provided with many objects used by him in daily life, so that his tomb

Following up the idea that the mummy is the most important of all objects, I have given an account of the various methods of embalming; of the amulets and other objects which formed the mummy's dress; of the various kinds of coffins and sarcophagi in which he was laid; of the ushabtiu and other figures, styles, vases, etc., which formed the furniture of a well-appointed tomb: and also of the most important classes of tombs hewn or built-in different dynasties. In the series of articles which form this account, I have given the information which the experience gained from the service of some years in the British Museum has shown me to be the most needed both by those who, though possessing no special knowledge of Egyptian antiquities, are yet greatly interested in them, and by those who have formed, or who are about to form, Egyptian collections. 

Frequent reference has been made to the great national collection in the British Museum because the antiquities there are accessible to all. With a view of applying the facts stated in these articles to a particular case, an account of an Egyptian funeral beginning with the process of mummifying the body and ending with its deposit in the tomb has been added.

In the somewhat lengthy chapter on the Rosetta Stone, the evidence of the principal Greek writers on Egyptian hieroglyphics is brought together. 

The statement of the facts connected with the history of Egyptian decipherment, as well as the extracts from the papers on this subject collected by Leitch in his edition of the Miscellaneous Works by the late Thomas Young, London, 1855, and by Dean Peacock in his Life of Thomas Young, London, 1855, seems to show that the labours of Akerblad and Young were of more importance than is usually attributed to them; the views of Egyptologists quoted at the end of that chapter will indicate the prevailing opinion of experts on this matter.

Some contents:

The Egyptian Race and Language
The Land of Egypt
Egyptian Chronology
The History of Egypt, Dynasties L-XXX.
„ Persian Rulers of Egypt
„ Macedonian Rulers of Egypt ... ... 65
,, The Ptolemies ... ... ... ... 66
„ The Romans ... ... ... ... 67
„ The Byzantines ... ... ... ... 68
., The Muhammadans ... ... ... 68
List of Egyptian Dynasties and the dates assigned to them by
Egyptologists ... ... ... ... ... ... 69
List of Nomes of Upper and Lower Egypt ... ... 
List of the Cartouches of the Principal Egyptian Kings 76-107
The Rosetta Stone: —
Greek writers on hieroglyphics, Hecataeus, Hellanicus,
Democritus, Herodotus ... ... ... ... 112
Diodorus, Strabo, Chaeremon, John Tzetzes, Hermapion,
Clement of Alexandria, Porphyry, Horapollo... ... X13
Labours of Kircher and Jablonski... ... ... ... 125
Young and ChampoUion and their successors ... ... 127
Young's hieroglyphic alphabet ... ... ... ... 141
ChampoUion's method of obtaining a hieroglyphic
alphabet... ... ... ... ... ... ... 145
Opinions of Egyptologists on the labours of Young and
Champollion 148-152
Modern hieroglyphical literature ... ... ... ... 153
An Egyptian Funeral 153-173
Mummy, Methods of Mummifying ... 173-189
Mummy Cloth and Akhmim Embroideries ... ... ... 189
Canopic Jars and the inscriptions upon them 194
Chests for Canopic Jars 201
The Book of the Dead 203

the book details :
  • Author: E. A. Wallis Budge
  • Publication date: 1893
  • Company: Cambridge, University Press

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