Dec 16, English: This serpentine scarab has a flat underside with a vertically arranged inscription with the text from spell 30B of the "Book of the Dead. The magician expends power to fuel his spells, but does not replenish that power . Book of the Dead - A vignette in The Papyrus of Ani, from Spell 30B. Book of. BOOK OF THE DEAD BECOMING GOD IN ANCIENT EGYPT edited by FOY SCALF BD spell 30B), mummy masks and magic bricks (BD spell ), various.
O shabti, allotted to me, if I be summoned or if I be detailed to do any work which has to be done in the realm of the dead, if indeed any obstacles are implanted for you therewith as a man at his duties, you shall detail yourself for me on every occasion of making arable the fields, of flooding the banks or of conveying sand from east to west; 'Here I am', you shall say.
Words spoken by Ani: I have come that I may see my father Osiris and that I may cut out the heart of Seth who has harmed my father Osiris.
I have opened up every path which is in the sky and on earth, for I am the well-beloved son of my father Osiris.
I am noble, I am a spirit [ akh ], I am equipped; O all you gods and all you spirits [ akhu ], prepare a path for me.
All the evil which was on me has been removed. My mouth is opened, by mouth is split open by Shu with that iron harpoon of his with which he split open the mouths of the gods.
I have put my name in the Upper Egyptian shrine, I [have] made my name to be remembered in the Lower Egyptian shrine, on this night of counting the years and of numbering the months This spell was found in Hermopolis, under the feet of this god.
It was written on a block of mineral of Upper Egypt in the writings of the god himself, and was discovered in the time of [King] Menkaure.
It ws the king's son Hodjedef who found it while hwe was going around making an inspection of the temples. O my heart of my mother! O my heart of my different forms!
Do not stand up as a witness against me, do not be opposed to me in the tribunal, do not be hostile to me in the presence of the Keeper of the Balance, for you are my ka which was in my body, the protector who made my members hale.
Go forth to the happy place whereto we speed, do not make my name stink to the Entourage who make men. Do not tell lies about me in the present of the god, it is indeed well that you should hear!
Get back, you dangerous one! Do not come against me, do not live by my magic; may I not have to tell this name of yours to the Great God who sent you; 'Messenger' is the name of one, and Bedty is the name of the other.
The sky encloses the stars, magic encloses its settlements, and my mouth encloses the magic which is in it.
My teeth are a knife, my tusks are the Viper Mountain. Get back you crocodile of the West, who lives on the Unwearying Stars!
Detestation of you is in my belly, for I have absorbed the power of Osiris, and I am Seth. Here the deceased joins with the cosmic cycle of the sun, sailing in the solar barque of the Sun God and taking his place as a divine being.
Spells 67, , , , , , b illustrate the concept of a solar afterlife in the barque of Re. In Spell 67 the deceased takes his place on the solar barque of the Sun God and the actions made to make his soul worthy of joining Re.
The rubric of the spell describes how it should be performed. In the Middle Kingdom the sun god no longer rules supreme; Osiris becomes the king with whom the blessed dead hope to spend eternity.
This new importance of Osiris in the afterlife can be see in his assumption of the role of judge of the dead. Spell of the Book of the Dead deals entirely with the judgement of the dead, by which it was ascertained whether the deceased was worthy to enter the Kingdom of Osiris.
Spell deals with the description of the Field of Rushes or Reeds as a paradise for the blessed dead in the afterlife. Here the deceased receives offerings of bread and beer, oxen and all good things, clothing and daily incense.
The deceased was expected to plough, reap, to eat and drink, maintenance of irrigation works, and all the things that were done in life for all eternity.
Vignettes accompanying this spell show the deceased sailing in a boat laden with offerings, reaping wheat and driving oxen or ploughing the land.
At this time the shabiti formulas appear, to relieve the dead from all the hard work in the afterlife by providing a magical substitute worker.
The deceased could partake in the offerings brought to the tomb by the ancestors or from the magically activated Tables of Offerings inscribed on the tomb walls and papyrus.
These offerings provided sustenance not only to the Ka but also the Ba and Khaibit. Untold generations lived and died with the belief that those things required in life would also be needed in death.
The tomb provided the house for the physical body, the Ka, the Ba and the Khaibit. It also provided a place to partake in food and drink from offerings placed in the tomb.
The ancient Egyptian name for the Book of the Dead, is per em hru, which have been variously translated as meaning, "coming forth from the day", or " coming forth by day".
The Book of the Dead is a group of funerary chapters, which began to appear in ancient Egypt around BC. In the Middle Kingdom more Spells were added and the texts were written in hieratic, not in hieroglyphics, within the wooden coffins and are known as Coffin Texts.
Eventually in the New Kingdom Spells were written on sheets of papyrus covered with magical texts and accompanying illustrations called vignettes.
In the Old Kingdom of Egypt, only in certain cases and for special emphasis did Spells include a vignette, but by the Ramesside Period, the reverse is true and only a few Spells are un-illustrated.
In Dynasty 21 and in the Late Period, vignettes were often used for the Spells, without the texts. But in many manuscripts the vignettes constitute a row of pictures, with texts placed beneath them.
By the 26th Dynasty the sequence of chapters was standardised into a series of over 'chapters', most with their own vignette.
The texts are divided into individual Spells or chapters, around two hundred in total, though no one papyrus contains them all.
Specific chapters could be selected out of the total repertoire. If the prospective owner of a Book was wealthy and his death not untimely, he might commission a scribe to write the text for him, based upon his personal choice of Spells.
Other less wealthy clients had to make do with a ready-made text template. The spells contained within the Book of the Dead can be divided into 5 main categories.
They provide practical help and magical assistance in the provisioning and protection of the deceased in the afterlife.
Transformational Spells — designed to be used by the deceased to able to transform into various objects, animals and gods in order to become identified with them.
Spells such as Spell 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81a, 81b, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87 and 88, where the deceased can be transformed into a falcon of gold, a phoenix, a heron or a swallow amongst others.
Protection Spells — these spells are to be used by the deceased in preventing death and injury etc in the afterlife. Spells such as Spell 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 29a, 30a, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 38a, 38b, 43, 44, 45, 46, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63a, 63b, , , , , , and Here the deceased is protected from snakes, crocodiles, being decapitated, not dying again, not eating faeces or drinking urine, breathing in the realm of the dead, stopping the corpse from putrefying and causing the soul to live in the realm of the dead.
These spells are aimed at providing help in overcoming the possibility of dying a second time on the journey to the afterlife. Guides and Directions — these spells are to be used by the deceased to help navigate the underworld and overcome its many obstacles.
Spells such as Spell 18, 98, 99, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and These spells allow the deceased to overcome and opponents in any divine tribunal, for fetching a ferryboat, making a soul worthy and permitting it to go aboard the Bark of Re, sitting among the Great Gods, passage through the Field of Offerings, taking the road to Rosetjau, knowing the Keepers of the Gates, entering the portals of the House of Osiris, and for knowing the Fourteen Mounds.
It illustrates the many difficulties required to overcome before entering the afterlife and how the Book of the Dead could provide both magical and practical help.
Prayers and Hymns — these spells are to be used by the deceased to give praise to the gods and spoken when entering the presence of various gods.
Spells such as Spell 1, 15, 17, 59, , , , , , , , , , , , , and The nau -snake is in my belly, and I have not given myself to you, your flame will not be on me.
My hair is Nu ; my face is Ra ; my eyes are Hathor ; my ears are Wepwawet ; my nose is She who presides over her lotus leaf; my lips are Anubis ; my molars are Selkis ; my incisors are Isis the goddess; my arms are the Ram, the Lord of mendes; my breast is Neith , Lady of Sais; my back is Seth ; my phallus is Osiris ; my muscles are the Lords of Kheraha; my chest is he who is greatly majestic; my belly and my spine are Sekhmet ; my buttocks are the Eye of Horus ; my thighs and my calves are Nut ; my feet are Ptah ; my toes are living falcons; there is no member of mine devoid of a god, and Thoth is the protection of all my flesh.
I have guarded this egg of the Great Cackler. If it grows, I grow; if it lives, I life; if it breathes air, I breathe air. May I have power in my heart, may I have power in my arms, may I have power in my legs, may I have power in my mouth, may I have power in all my members may I have power over invocation-offerings, may I have power over water Come for my soul, O you wardens of the sky!
If you delay letting my soul see my corpse, you will find the eye of Horus standing up thus against you The sacred barque will be joyful and the great god will proceed in peace when you allow this soul of mine to ascend vindicated to the gods May it see my corpse, may it rest on my mummy, which will never be destroyed or perish.
To be spoken over a falcon standing with the White Crown on his head; Atum , Shu and Tefnut , Geb and Nut , Osiris and Isis , Seth and Nepthys being drawn in ochre on a new bowl placed in the sacred barque, together with an image of this spirit ba whom you wish to be made worthy, it being anointed with oil.
Offer to them incense on the fire and roasted ducks, and worship Ra. It means that he for whom this is done will voyage and be with Ra every day in every place he desires to travel, and it means that the enemies of Ra will be driven off in very deed.
A matter a million times true. O you gates, you who keep the gates because of Osiris, O you who guard them and who report the affairs of the Two Lands to Osiris every day; I know you and I know your names.
If uttered correctly, this spell ensures "he will not be driven off or turned away at the portals of the Netherworld". Journey through the afterlife.
British Museum Press, London,