Download e-book for kindle: Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death by Steven Snape

By Steven Snape

ISBN-10: 1405120894

ISBN-13: 9781405120890

This ebook explores the advance of tombs as a cultural phenomenon in historic Egypt and examines what tombs exhibit approximately historical Egyptian tradition and Egyptians’ trust within the afterlife.
• Investigates the jobs of tombs within the improvement of funerary practices
• attracts on a variety of information, together with structure, artifacts and texts
• Discusses tombs in the context of way of life in old Egypt
• Stresses the significance of the tomb as an everlasting expression of the self

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The offerings which were made to the god came primarily from resources owned by the god. At its simplest this might mean that a particular god would own a particular quantity of agricultural land, the produce of which (after deductions) would form the offerings in the temple. The deductions would include the portion of produce kept by the peasants who worked the land. In reality this land and its produce, the property of the god, would be part of the divine estate administered by the staff of the temple of the god.

It is certainly the case that the bipartite tomb – Burial Chamber and Offering Chapel – despite sometimes radically different local variants, and the over-layering of other requirements, became the model for almost all Egyptian tombs which followed for the next 3,000 years. In essence, the Burial Chamber is the place where the body, once interred, is intended to be left in peace. The Offering Chapel, in marked contrast, is designed to be a busy place, where the Living came to leave offerings – particularly food offerings – for the Dead.

The technology of its construction shows a series of individual phases, moving from the familiar to the experimental. 3 The Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara 30 Pits, Palaces and Pyramids galleries – but in a new building material, limestone. After the enlargement of the mastaba, the decision was taken to grow the tomb upwards by creating first a four- and then a six-stepped structure. Whether this had always been the intention or whether it was a sudden decision after the mastaba neared completion is not known; the Egyptians themselves credited this invention to Djoser’s architect, Imhotep.

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