Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt

Egyptian Mythology A Guide to the Gods Goddesses and Traditions of Ancient Egypt From stories of resurrected mummies and thousand year old curses to powerful pharaohs and the coveted treasures of the Great Pyramids ancient Egypt has had an unfaltering grip on the modern imaginati

  • Title: Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt
  • Author: Geraldine Pinch
  • ISBN: 9780195170245
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • From stories of resurrected mummies and thousand year old curses to powerful pharaohs and the coveted treasures of the Great Pyramids, ancient Egypt has had an unfaltering grip on the modern imagination Now, in Egyptian Mythology, Geraldine Pinch offers a comprehensive introduction that untangles the mystery of Egyptian Myth.Spanning Ancient Egyptian culture from 3200 BCFrom stories of resurrected mummies and thousand year old curses to powerful pharaohs and the coveted treasures of the Great Pyramids, ancient Egypt has had an unfaltering grip on the modern imagination Now, in Egyptian Mythology, Geraldine Pinch offers a comprehensive introduction that untangles the mystery of Egyptian Myth.Spanning Ancient Egyptian culture from 3200 BC to AD 400 Pinch opens a door to this hidden world and casts light on its often misunderstood belief system She discusses the nature of myths and the history of Egypt, from the predynastic to the postpharaonic period She explains how Egyptian culture developed around the flooding of the Nile, or the inundation, a phenomenon on which the whole welfare of the country depended, and how aspects of the inundation were personified as deities She explains that the usually cloudless skies made for a preoccupation with the stars and planets Indeed, much early Egyptian mythology may have developed to explain the movement of these celestial bodies She provides a timeline covering the seven stages in the mythical history of Egypt and outlining the major events of each stage, such as the reign of the sun God A substantial A to Z section covers the principal themes and concepts of Egyptian mythology as well as the most important deities, demons, and other characters For anyone who wants to know about Anubis, the terrifying canine god who presided over the mummification of bodies and guarded burials, or Hathor, the golden goddess who helped women to give birth and the dead to be reborn, or an explanation of the nun, the primeval ocean from which all life came, Egyptian Mythology is the place to look.

    Egyptian mythology Egyptian mythology is the collection of myths from ancient Egypt, which describe the actions of the Egyptian gods as a means of understanding the world The beliefs that these myths express are an important part of ancient Egyptian religion.Myths appear frequently in Egyptian writings and art, particularly in short stories and in religious material such as hymns, ritual texts, funerary texts

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    405 thoughts on “Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt”

    1. This is an absolutely must-have book for anyone researching the religion, gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. It provides an excellent and plausible explanation of the origin and content of Egyptian religion, and traces the myths and legends through the various iterations available through the Pyramid Texts, Coffin Texts, and The Book of the Dead. It's an excellent reference book for the multiple religious centers and the various combinations of deities that ruled in each one. Among the many fa [...]


    2. From my childhood, i am too much curious to Egypt. After Greek mythology, i was decided to read Egyptian Mythology. Excellent introduction! Pinch structured the book well, with the first two sections split into longer chapters dealing with very important themes in Egyptian mythology (e.g. mythical time lines, etc).This is a good reference work for Studies in Ancient Egyptian mythology.


    3. Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch, an Egyptologist at the Oriental Institute of Oxford University and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions is a good reference work on Ancient Egypt in general and their thought, cosmology, and religion in particular. She explains that Ancient Egyptians thought of time both as linear and cyclical contained in the myth of Ancient Egypt. They experienced [...]


    4. This is a good reference work for studies in Ancient Egyptian mythology. Note, you won't find the literature represented here per se but rather you will be introduced to Ancient Egypt in general and their thought, cosmology & religion in particular. In begins with a short introduction to myth and Ancient Egyptian history. Then it proceeds to introduce the reader to how Ancient Egyptians conceived of their world both in terms of linear time and in terms of cyclical time. By far the largest po [...]


    5. In the first three chapters, author did a good job giving a simplistic but thorough view of the egyptian ancient culture. In the fourth chapter, he did an incredible job bringing to life the different deities, their stories and relations with other deities. It was excellent book, which was very informative.


    6. In the Egyptian mythology Egyptians didn’t just believed in one god, they believed in many gods. The most Egyptian god was Ra and Egyptians believed that Thoth was his secretary and counsellor. In the Egyptian mythology Thoth would stay next to Ra wherever he goes. Egyptians believed in about 2,000 gods but Ra was the god of the gods. A long time ago in Ancient Egypt, Egyptians believed that people were made out of clay. A fact Egyptians used to do was when they started preparing the body into [...]


    7. I recently listened to a lecture series on the history of ancient Egypt. I became fascinated with the topic and wanted to learn more about the mythology and religion of the people in the Nile valley. Geraldine Pinch's "Egyptian Mythology" was exactly what I was looking for.In her book, Pinch first surveys Egyptian history with an eye to the different extant sources that give clues about Egyptian gods and goddesses. The second section tries to recount the Egyptians' story of creation and the deve [...]


    8. Excellent introduction! Pinch structured the book well, with the first two sections split into longer chapters dealing with very important themes in Egyptian mythology (e.g. mythical time lines, etc). These should be read through before reading the last section, which is comprised of entries about different deities and lesser concepts. The book is well written in general, though I can see how someone could get bored if they read it all the way through. Given that I actually *did* read it through [...]


    9. This book was a very good reference guide. I think Pinch does a great job of structuring this book. It has sections of Linear Time, Cyclical Time, and an alphabetical guide of Deities and concepts. Not only does this outline do a great job of catching all of the nuances of everything in Egyptian religion/mythology but it shows different ways to understand these ideas.Pinch explains the territorial and fluid nature of Egyptian beliefs very well and does her best to place them in historical contex [...]


    10. Altough, over-all, I was able to learn some from this book, I was not overly impressed. I found Betro's book on hieroglyphics much easier to read. Though, my being off-put by the style of the book could be that this book is not meant to be read straight through. If it is only used as a reference book then I would say it would be very helpful and useful to keep as a guide. It is not, however, a book to be read straight through.


    11. Geraldine Pinch is such a good writer! This book is scholarly with lots of annotations and sources listed but still very readable and interesting.She goes through a time line, so the reader can place people and events. Following this section, deities are listed in detail.The bibliography is amazing -- she describes each book and its points of value. (I want them all!)A super book!


    12. This is an excellent introduction to the mythology of Ancient Egypt. More than just an encyclopedia of gods and goddesses, this book takes a thematic approach and presents the major stories using major concepts (such as creation, death, morality, etc.). I found it very easy to get through and now feel ready to delve deeper into this subject (using the excellent resources listed in the book)!


    13. Muchos datos interesantes (y sobre todo, útiles), y amena la escritura. La forma en que están divididos los capítulos, permite aprender la mitología desde diferentes ángulos. Definitivamente, queda añadido a mis pilares mitológicos para historias presentes y futuras.


    14. This is a great reference book and it is very well structured. There is an introduction with some myths and stories which is accompanied by the index of deities. It is easy to go back and forth and add information to get the bigger picture. A must-read for ancient history lovers.


    15. Egyptian Mythology makes me extremely happy. I truly enjoy the traditions of ancient Egypt and this book provides a lot of historical reference and information about some of my favorite goddesses. Great job Pinch.


    16. One of the best resources for the study of Egyptian Mythology. Easy to read and easy to quickly find the information you're after. Divided into simple sections with useful, non-overlapping information in each. An interesting not-too-heavy read and a great standby reference.



    17. If you're into Egyptian Mythology then you should read this. It provides an educational in-depth look into the religious beliefs of Egyptians.


    18. It lacked something, I haven't figured out what yet, but it was a bit too dry. Facts need not be presented with sawdust and ashes.


    19. I bought this to add to my collection of reference books on ancient Egypt. It is a valuable addition to my collections.


    20. I used this book as research for a school assignment. It is well written and provides wonderful illustrations and knowledge, easy to understand, of the Egyptian culture, beliefs, and lore.



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