AN N EA M130 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Coffin Texts, Pyramid Texts, Social Isolation

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12 Nov 2018
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Lecture 16: 5/30
Death
Concepts of death
o Dismemberment
o Dissociation of personhood
o Social isolation
o Injustice
o Journey
Sources
o Textual
Pyramid Texts Old Kingdom
Coffin Texts Middle kingdom
Book of the Dead New Kingdom & after
o Visual
Scenes of burial procession
Scenes of survivors performing mortuary cult
o Material
Tomb, chapel, ka-statue
Mummy, coffin, canopic jars, amulets, etc.
Funerary offerings
Stages of burial
o Crossing Nile from east to west
o Mummification in wabet
o Vigil, night before burial
o Procession to tomb
o Opening of Mouth ritual
o Burial
o Funerary banquet for survivors
o Mortuary cult, maintained by survivors
Constituents of individual’s personality
o Body/corse
o Heart
o Ka
Trapped in the tomb
Can interact through the ka statues
Has a physical human presence that can interact with the living
Aspect of the soul
o Ba
Bird with the human head
Mobile, spiritual
Aspect of the soul
o Name shadow
We have indications that show there were strategic places to put funerary objects on the body
o Like placing an amulet at a specific place or putting gold on the fingers
New Kingdom private tomb
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