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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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Re Resting in Osiris, Osiris Resting in Re: Osiris, Sun God, and the Deceased in the New Kingdom

Re Resting in Osiris, Osiris Resting in Re: Osiris, Sun God, and the Deceased in the New 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/9780199582228.003.0006

This chapter is divided into two parts. The first part investigates the role and status of Osiris, and conceptions of the afterlife more generally, during the Amarna Period. It emerges that the evidence for continued belief in the Osirian hereafter during this time is more abundant than one might have expected. The second part scrutinizes the theory of the ‘solar-Osirian unity’ which some Egyptologists think is reflected in the underworld guides of the New Kingdom. It explores how the relationship between Osiris and the sun god attested in New Kingdom sources like these and the Book of the Dead affected the relationship between Osiris and the deceased.

Keywords:   Akhenaten, Amarna, underworld guides, Re, solar-Osirian unity, Book of the Dead

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