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book of the dead

The Book of the Dead, or more correctly, The Chapters of Coming-forth by day, are a collection of spells left in the tomb of the ancient Egyptians containing directions to ensure their passage to the afterlife. There are numerous copies available, each seemingly with a different assortment of extant spells. Perhaps not surprising as it is believed that each set of scrolls was individually requested and created. I have several copies available at my library, and the particular copy I have settled for is a nice glossy illustrated copy titled The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, translated by Raymond O. Faulkner and published by the British Museum (ISBN 0714109460)

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