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The Barque of Isis

The revelations of the prophet of Amon-Râ, which opened out to the new initiate such vast horizons over himself and over the universe, doubtless produced a profound impression, when uttered from the observatory of a Theban temple, in the clear calm of an Egyptian night. The pylons, the white roofs, and terraces of the temples…
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12/21/2020 0

TEN COMMANDMENTS AND THE BOOK OF THE DEAD

There seems to be a similarity between the moral codes of the ancient Egyptians and the early Israelites. The Ten Commandments given by God to Moses on the top of Mount Sinai are clearly set in an Egyptian tradition and would seem to have common roots with the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Except for…
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05/11/2020 0

EGYPTIAN HOUSE OF LIFE

  Pr-nq, House of Life: a little known institution in the current culture of those who are interested in ancient Egypt. Yet, as we shall see, it was a foundation of great importance for the elaboration of the various facets of Egypt’s religious and magical culture. The Wb translates the term as “teaching site for…
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01/20/2020 0

The Ceremony “Opening of the Mouth

There’s probably no another ritual of the Ancient Egyptian civilization best known and widespread than that of the so-called “Opening of the Mouth” (upet-r). This ritual, with multiple meanings and sometimes seemingly contradictory, is in fact attested in all stages of the long Egyptian history, albeit as subjects in the course of the more than…
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01/18/2020 0

THE EGYPTIAN HOLY BOOKS

In the last era of ancient Egypt religious writings were largely translated into Greek, at a time when they were studied and collected as an embodiment of the ideas of a world that was already fading. This revered past has kept its hold on imagination as it contained mystical powers to convince the invisible and…
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09/06/2019 0

I DIECI COMANDAMENTI E IL LIBRO DEI MORTI

  Sembra esserci una somiglianza tra i codici morali degli antichi egiziani e dei primi Israeliti. I dieci comandamenti dati da Dio a Mosè sulla cima del monte Sinai sono chiaramente posti in una tradizione egiziana e sembrano avere radici comuni con il Libro egizio dei morti. Tranne i primi due comandamenti, troviamo le stesse…
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09/01/2017 0