Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends by Lewis Spence

By Lewis Spence

This awesome in-depth survey explores animism, totemism, fetishism, construction myths, Egyptian priesthood, cult of Osiris, quite a few deities, e-book of the useless, alchemy, Egyptian artwork and magic, legends, and a number of different interesting issues. An erudite, basically written paintings, more suitable with over 50 images and illustrations.

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The ancient sites are claimed by the Government, and the Service of Antiquities has an annual grant of large dimensions and employs many European and native officials. All provinces are included in its survey, and no excavations may take place without its permission; and this is granted to responsible persons only, and on the terms that half of the antiquities discovered shall become the property of the Egyptian Government, the other half going to the fipders. Sir Gaston Maspero, director of the Museum at Cairo, has made many brilliant contributions to Egyptian archa::ology.

It seems to have occurred to some writers that the pyramids were built haphazard and by dint of brute force. So far from this being the case, they were constructed with extraordinary care, and mathematical computations of considerable complexity are manifest in their design. 24 LOST PYRAMIDS The early pyramids were composed of horizontal layers of rough-hewn blocks of stone, held together principally by their own weight, but between the interstices of which mortar was placed. In the later stages of the type the core of the structure was formed chiefly of rubble, of which stone, mud, and mud bricks were the principal constituents.

There is good reason to suppose that this custom arose out of the cult of Osiris, the god of the dead, and it powerfully influenced all future Egyptian funerary and theological practice and thought. But between what may be conveniently described as the , prehistoric' period and that of the Pyramids several other types of tomb had found popularity. The Pharaoh, during the First Dynasty, was buried in a large rectangular building of brick, which had several chambers inaccessible from outside. In one of these the body of the king was laid, and in the others a 22 THE PYRAMID variety of offerings and utensils were stored.

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