The Book of the Dead is not
a book. It's a nickname for a bunch of different magical spells written
down in various ways by the ancient Egyptians.
Nearly all of the magical spells that
have been discovered to date were written to help the ancient Egyptian
safely reach their afterlife. Egyptologists have found about 200
different spells so far, most written on piece of papyrus, some written
on tomb walls.
Everyone in ancient Egypt wanted to
safely reach the
afterlife. They believed the afterlife was a real place, and they
believed magical spells would help them get there.
Wealthy Egyptians hired scribes to write
down all their personal favorite spells on papyrus sheets. Once
prepared, this collection of spells was packed carefully away with their
other grave goods,
to be placed in their tomb someday.
If you did not have a lot of money,
you could buy a ready-made version that included several of the most
popular spells. A space was left on the sheet of papyrus for your
name. That way, you not only had several spells on hand to use, but
you also had your name written down, which helped your Ba and your
Ka - the two pieces of your soul - find their way home each night to
If you would like to read some of
these ancient spells and magical stories, click on the link below.
Once you get used to the style, you'll find it easy reading.
of the Dead (Tour Egypt)
read it in the Book of the Dead
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Life, Government, Inventions, Religion
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