The Egyptian Book of the Dead
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The Egyptian Book of the Dead
by E.A. Wallis Budge
The Egyptian Book of the Dead is unquestionably one of the most influential books in all
history.  Embodying a ritual to be performed for the dead, with detailed instructions for the
behavior of the disembodied spirit in the Land of the Gods, it served as the most important
repository of religious authority for some three thousand years.  Chapters were carved on the
pyramids of the ancient 5th Dynasty, texts were written in papyrus, and selections were
painted on mummy cases well into the Christian Era.  In a certain sense it stood behind all
Egyptian civilization.

In the year 1888 Dr. E. Wallis Budge, then purchasing agent for the British Museum, followed
rumors he heard of a spectacular archeological find in Upper Egypt, and found in an 18th
Dynasty tomb near Luxor "the largest roll of papyrus I had ever seen, tied with a thick hand of
papyrus, and in a perfect state of preservation."    It was a copy of the Egyptian Book of the
Dead, written around 1500 B.C. for Ani, Royal Scribe of Thebes, Overseer of the Granaries of the
Lords of Abydos, and Scribe of the Offerings of the Lords of Thebes.

This Papyrus of Ani, a full version of the Theban recension, is presented here by Dr. Budge, who
later became perhaps the world's most renowned Egyptologist.  Reproduced in full are a clear
copy of the Egyptian hieroglyphs, an inter-linear transliteration of their sounds (as
reconstructed), a word-for-word translation, and separately a complete smooth translation.  
All this is preceded by an introduction of more than 150 pages.  As a result of this multiple
apparatus the reader has a unique opportunity to savor all aspects of the Book of the Dead, or
as it is otherwise known.  The Book of the Great Awakening.

Source: Back cover