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Renewal and Ascension

ByWim van den Dungen

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King Unas, Unis or Wenis (ca. 2378 – 2348 BCE) was the last king of the Vth Dynasty. His pyramid at Saqqara is the smallest of all known Old Kingdom pyramids (43 m high, with a slope of 56°). Unas was the first to include hieroglyphic inscriptions in his tomb, namely on the walls of the corridor, antechamber, passage-way and burial-chamber, as well as on the four gables. These earliest 'Pyramid Texts' were found by Maspero in 1881. The tomb of Unas had been sealed ca. 2348 BCE and so these texts had remained unaltered for over 4200 years ! Besides an introduction into how to approach Egyptian texts, involving epistemological, anthropological and egyptological considerations, and a complete translation, the commentary points to two salvic strategies put into evidence in the texts : renewal (in the Duat of Osiris) and ascension (on/in the horizon, headed towards the sky of Re), mediated by 'Horus-consciousness,' the power of majesty. These salvic perspectives return in Hermetism, monotheism and Hermeticism.

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Publication Date
Aug 9, 2019
Language
English
ISBN
9780359816361
Category
Religion & Spirituality
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Wim van den Dungen

Specifications

Pages
442
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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