Ancient Egyptian 'Book of the Dead'
Discover the history, culture and civilization of ancient Egypt and the rituals and customs associated with the Book of the Dead. The Book of the Dead is a fascinating subject. What exactly was the Book of the Dead? The 'Book of the Dead' was and ancient Egyptian 'Guide to the Afterlife' providing ancient Egyptians with instructions and magic spells, or incantations, to help them through the terrifying dangers of the Underworld (Duat) to enable them to reach the 'House of Reeds' which was the Egyptian name for paradise.
Book of the Dead and the Papyrus of Ani
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Not only was Ptah a god of creation, but he was involved with the soul's rebirth in the afterlife. He was related to the dead since Old Kingdom times, where he was believed to have invented the Opening of the Mouth ritual to allow the spirit to be able to see, hear, speak and eat as a living being.