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Following OsirisPerspectives on the Osirian Afterlife from Four Millenia$
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Mark Smith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582228.001.0001

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Prelude to Osiris II: Conceptions of the Afterlife in the Early Dynastic Period and the First Half of the Old Kingdom

Prelude to Osiris II: Conceptions of the Afterlife in the Early Dynastic Period and the First Half of the Old Kingdom

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(p.41) 2 Prelude to Osiris II: Conceptions of the Afterlife in the Early Dynastic Period and the First Half of the Old Kingdom
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Following Osiris
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Mark Smith

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582228.003.0003

This chapter surveys the evidence for afterlife beliefs in the early dynastic period and the first half of the Old Kingdom, prior to the earliest attestation of Osiris: the forms in which the Egyptians of this time imagined they would survive after death, the location of the next world and the nature of the existence they hoped to pass there, what deities they thought they would encounter, how they expected to accomplish the transition from this life to the next, what forms of interaction they envisaged between the living and the dead, and whether ideas about the afterlife varied from one part of the country to another. It also explores the question of whether royal expectations of the hereafter differed from non-royal ones during the periods investigated, concluding that they did not.

Keywords:   Akh, ba, ka, sustenance, mortuary rituals, deities in the afterlife, royal and non-royal expectations of the hereafter

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