An intriguing Theban Book of the Dead tradition in the Late Period

Malcom Mosher, Jr.

A small group of documents produced in the Theban area during the Late Period represents an interesting and unusual tradition of the Book of the Dead, where the version of text used for nearly every spell in its corpus sets this tradition apart from other Theban traditions used during the Late Period. The differences in texts between this tradition and the other Theban traditions typically do not consist of minor embellishments but rather often show significant departures. Interest in this tradition is not restricted only to the texts, but also the sequencing of spells as well as to the versions of vignettes used. Indeed, interest is not confined to this one Theban tradition because it reveals many ramifications regarding the relationship between this and the other Theban traditions, even extending to other funerary objects.

An intriguing Theban Book of the Dead tradition in the Late Period

To reference this article we suggest:

Mosher, M. 2010. An intriguing Theban Book of the Dead tradition in the Late Period. BMSAES 15, 123–72. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/online_journals/bmsaes/issue_15/mosher.aspx

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