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« Topic Start: May 23, 2007, 11:48:00 pm »

could anyone suggest some good reading about the Egyptian pantheon? and also good books on any Egyptian mythology surrounding them?


I don't know what has recently sparked my interest in the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, but the fire is definately there and I'm at a loss where to look for good, more advanced books on the topic and don't want to end up buying a poor book for study on the topic (I do most of my shopping online as there aren't too many bookstores nearby that would supply these types of books). History of ancient Egyptian societies, cultures, etc.

thanks!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1: May 24, 2007, 09:39:02 am »

could anyone suggest some good reading about the Egyptian pantheon? and also good books on any Egyptian mythology surrounding them?


I don't know what has recently sparked my interest in the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, but the fire is definately there and I'm at a loss where to look for good, more advanced books on the topic and don't want to end up buying a poor book for study on the topic (I do most of my shopping online as there aren't too many bookstores nearby that would supply these types of books). History of ancient Egyptian societies, cultures, etc.

thanks!  Cheesy


Mysteria,

You might want to take a look over on our Egyptian Recon pages. We've got some Kemetics here, so they'll probably also pop in with suggestions.

http://www.ecauldron.com/reconegypt.php
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« Reply #2: May 24, 2007, 10:56:53 am »

Mysteria,

You might want to take a look over on our Egyptian Recon pages. We've got some Kemetics here, so they'll probably also pop in with suggestions.

http://www.ecauldron.com/reconegypt.php

thank you for the link  Smiley
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« Reply #3: May 24, 2007, 01:46:37 pm »

could anyone suggest some good reading about the Egyptian pantheon? and also good books on any Egyptian mythology surrounding them?

Egyptian mythology is actually fairly tricky -- there just isn't a corpus of stories like those the Greeks and Romans left us.  We have a few narratives, many of them primarily in Greek versions, and a lot of vignettes and associations and images to piece together.

Because of this, rather than collections of stories, you're likely to get maximal detail from dictionary-type books like The Ancient Gods Speak: A Guide To Egyptian Religion (Donald B. Redford, editor) or The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson).  That can be well-supplemented with reading the more general theological texts like Hornung's or Meeks and Meeks as well as going through any of the books with titles like 'Ancient Egyptian Literature' (I think I have at least three or four of these, mostly the same stories in different translations).
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« Reply #4: May 24, 2007, 01:57:07 pm »

could anyone suggest some good reading about the Egyptian pantheon? and also good books on any Egyptian mythology surrounding them?

The House of Netjer, an organization that practices a form of reconstructionism called Kemetic Orthodoxy, has a list of recommended reading available at http://www.kemet.org/booklist/
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« Reply #5: May 24, 2007, 01:57:41 pm »

could anyone suggest some good reading about the Egyptian pantheon? and also good books on any Egyptian mythology surrounding them?


I don't know what has recently sparked my interest in the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, but the fire is definately there and I'm at a loss where to look for good, more advanced books on the topic and don't want to end up buying a poor book for study on the topic (I do most of my shopping online as there aren't too many bookstores nearby that would supply these types of books). History of ancient Egyptian societies, cultures, etc.

thanks!  Cheesy

Darkhawk is very right and gave wonderful suggestions! I just wanted to add that if you want to read about the Netjeru, The Complete God and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt is fairly in depth and a decent read, not too hard to follow, and has some of the more obscure Netjer included. Here it is:

http://tinyurl.com/luq2w

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« Reply #6: May 24, 2007, 02:20:45 pm »





Oh! Almost forgot. Whatever you do, DON'T get A book called Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends by Lewis Spence. I am sure it was very up to date and believable in 1915, when it was first published, but now most of what he says has been disproved. It is good if you want to see what they thought about Egypt during that period, but as far as factual, up to date information of AE, It is not the best choice.

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« Reply #7: May 25, 2007, 05:33:34 pm »

could anyone suggest some good reading about the Egyptian pantheon? and also good books on any Egyptian mythology surrounding them?


I don't know what has recently sparked my interest in the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, but the fire is definately there and I'm at a loss where to look for good, more advanced books on the topic and don't want to end up buying a poor book for study on the topic (I do most of my shopping online as there aren't too many bookstores nearby that would supply these types of books). History of ancient Egyptian societies, cultures, etc.

thanks!  Cheesy


These books are in the Kemetic section of my booklist which I linked you to in the other thread.  Here it is again for easy reference:  http://www.asetnet.net/sugreading.html
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« Reply #8: May 31, 2007, 01:38:49 am »

could anyone suggest some good reading about the Egyptian pantheon? and also good books on any Egyptian mythology surrounding them?


I don't know what has recently sparked my interest in the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, but the fire is definately there and I'm at a loss where to look for good, more advanced books on the topic and don't want to end up buying a poor book for study on the topic (I do most of my shopping online as there aren't too many bookstores nearby that would supply these types of books). History of ancient Egyptian societies, cultures, etc.

thanks!  Cheesy

"Egyptian Mythology" by Geraldine Pinch is a good, if somewhat dictionary-like, place to go for quick references.

And, of course, my all-time favourite, "Ancient Egyptian Religion: An Interpretation" by Henri Frankfort is amazing for an analysis of how the ancients may have experienced their religion in daily living.
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