The Myths of Ancient Egypt by Lewis Spence


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George G. Harrop & Co, 1915. First edition.  With sixteen plates in colour by Evelyn Paul and 32 other illustrations. 369 pages. Book-plate of R. Rogers. Pictorial boards faded, corners and edges worn, several plates are loose as is back hinge, some internal foxing. Fair copy of a scarce edition. 

 'In this classic study, perhaps the first serious attempt to review the religious history of ancient Egypt in the light of the science of modern mythology. Instead of regarding Egyptian mythology and legend as unique, as did many Egyptologists; Spence saw Egyptian religious thought as part of world mythology, common to humankind as a whole and related to those of many other cultures. In supporting this thesis, Spence offers an immensely erudite in-depth survey of the broad spectrum of Egyptian gods and goddesses, cults, and beliefs, as well as a concise review of Egyptian history, manners, customs, and archaeology.

Animism, totemism, fetishism, creation myths, and other aspects of early religious beliefs are explored. The author then goes on to discuss the Egyptian priesthood, mysteries and temples, the cult of Osiris; Ra the Sun-God, Anubis, Horus, Thoth, and numerous other deities; the Book of the Dead, the birth of Hatshepsut, sacred trees, alchemy, the festival of Bast, Egyptian art, magic, and amulets, legends; and a host of other topics.'

"Let us walk in the gloom of the pyramids, in the cool shadows of ruined temples, aye, through the tortuous labyrinth of the Egyptian mind itself, trusting that by virtue of the light we carry we shall succeed in unravelling to some extent the age-long enigma of this mystic land."

Category Egyptology