The Apis Embalming Ritual

The Apis Embalming Ritual

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This book is the first complete edition of a hieratic-demotic papyrus preserved to this day in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The papyrus dates back to the middle of the second century B.C. and contains a minute discription of a considerable part of the embalming and burial rites of the Apis, the sacred bull of the Egyptians. The Vienna papyrus is the only authentic document to give a coherent picture of the course of events during the embalming of the holy animal, adding substantially to what we know already from the Serapeum stelae and the classical writers. The book comprises a general introduction, a translation with commentary, an annotated transcription, a glossary, several indexes and photos of the text.The stay of the corpse in the House of Purification was presumably as brief as that of the human corpse in the Tent of Purification (up to the fourth day from death?)36. 33 The period of 70 days is mentioned in autobiographical stelae from theanbsp;...

Title:The Apis Embalming Ritual
Author:R. L. Vos
Publisher:Peeters Publishers - 1993


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