Pfad: Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur Band 42 - E-BookPDFElectronic Book Development of illustrative tradition of the chapter 42 of the Book of the Dead. text of a Book of the Dead The final chapter of the Brooklyn papyrus is BD , 24 See Wüthrich, SAT 16, , ; cf., however, the critical remarks of . S. The present article analyses Cairo Stela, JE , dated between late Dynasty . The Vignettes of the Book of the Dead Chapter 17 during the Third.
HD-ibHw pr m tA-S. Hry wrw pr m iAmt. Dsr-tp pr m niwt. O broad of step who comes from Iunu. I have done no evil. O flame embracer who comes from Kheraha.
I have not robbed. O beaked god who comes from Khemenu. I have not been greedy. O swallower of shades who comes from the cavern.
I have not stolen. O flaming faced who comes from Rosetjau. I have not killed anyone. O Double Lion who comes from the sky.
I have not taken from offering lists. O fiery eyed who comes from Khem. I have not committed corruption. O flaming one who comes from Khetkhet.
O breaker of bones who comes from Henennesut. I have not told lies. O flame thrower who comes from Hutkaptah. I have not removed food. O cavern-dweller who comes from the West.
I have not injured. O white of teeth who comes from Fayum. I have not broken rules. O blood eater who comes from the slaughterhouse.
O entrails eater who comes from the court of thirty. I have not mismeasured. O lord of truth who comes from the Two Truths.
I have not waylaid rationing. O wanderer who comes from Bast. I have not informed. O pale one who comes from Iunu. I have not gossiped.
O weak one who comes from Andjety. I have not sued except for my own. O Wamemty who comes from the tribunal. O watcher of his bringing who comes from Permin.
I have not masturbated. O head of the great gods who comes from Imu. I have not terrorised. O overturner who comes from the great place. I have broken no rules.
O raiser of discord who comes from the shrine. O Child who comes from Heqaandj. O my heart of my different forms! Do not stand up as a witness against me, do not be opposed to me in the tribunal, do not be hostile to me in the presence of the Keeper of the Balance, for you are my ka which was in my body, the protector who made my members hale.
Go forth to the happy place whereto we speed, do not make my name stink to the Entourage who make men.
Do not tell lies about me in the present of the god. It is indeed well that you should hear! Get back, you dangerous one!
Do not come against me, do not live by my magic; may I not have to tell this name of yours to the Great God who sent you; 'Messenger' is the name of one, and Bedty is the name of the other.
The sky encloses the stars, magic encloses its settlements, and my mouth encloses the magic which is in it. My teeth are a knife, my tusks are the Viper Mountain.
Get back, you crocodile of the West! The nau -snake is in my belly, and I have not given myself to you, your flame will not be on me.
My hair is Nu ; my face is Ra ; my eyes are Hathor ; my ears are Wepwawet ; my nose is She who presides over her lotus leaf; my lips are Anubis ; my molars are Selkis ; my incisors are Isis the goddess; my arms are the Ram, the Lord of mendes; my breast is Neith , Lady of Sais; my back is Seth ; my phallus is Osiris ; my muscles are the Lords of Kheraha; my chest is he who is greatly majestic; my belly and my spine are Sekhmet ; my buttocks are the Eye of Horus ; my thighs and my calves are Nut ; my feet are Ptah ; my toes are living falcons; there is no member of mine devoid of a god, and Thoth is the protection of all my flesh.
I have guarded this egg of the Great Cackler. If it grows, I grow; if it lives, I life; if it breathes air, I breathe air. May I have power in my heart, may I have power in my arms, may I have power in my legs, may I have power in my mouth, may I have power in all my members may I have power over invocation-offerings, may I have power over water Come for my soul, O you wardens of the sky!
If you delay letting my soul see my corpse, you will find the eye of Horus standing up thus against you The sacred barque will be joyful and the great god will proceed in peace when you allow this soul of mine to ascend vindicated to the gods May it see my corpse, may it rest on my mummy, which will never be destroyed or perish.
To be spoken over a falcon standing with the White Crown on his head; Atum , Shu and Tefnut , Geb and Nut , Osiris and Isis , Seth and Nepthys being drawn in ochre on a new bowl placed in the sacred barque, together with an image of this spirit ba whom you wish to be made worthy, it being anointed with oil.
Offer to them incense on the fire and roasted ducks, and worship Ra. It means that he for whom this is done will voyage and be with Ra every day in every place he desires to travel, and it means that the enemies of Ra will be driven off in very deed.
A matter a million times true. O you gates, you who keep the gates because of Osiris, O you who guard them and who report the affairs of the Two Lands to Osiris every day; I know you and I know your names.
If uttered correctly, this spell ensures "he will not be driven off or turned away at the portals of the Netherworld".
Journey through the afterlife.
I have not sued except for my own. O Wamemty who comes from the tribunal. O watcher of his bringing who comes from Permin. I have not masturbated.
O head of the great gods who comes from Imu. I have not terrorised. O overturner who comes from the great place.
I have broken no rules. O raiser of discord who comes from the shrine. O Child who comes from Heqaandj. I was not deaf to words of truth. O predicter of the voice who comes from Wensy.
I have not been turbulent. O one of Bast who comes from the sanctuary. I have not turned an eye. O face behind him who comes from the hollow.
I have not defiled or debauched. O scorch-legged who comes from the twilight. I have not been dishonest. O one of darkness who comes from the darkness.
I have not slandered. O bringer of his offering who comes from Sais. I have not been violent. O lord of faces who comes from Nedjfet.
I have not been quick tempered. O accuser who comes from Tjunet. I have not broken rules of purity. O horned one who comes from Asyut.
I have not multiplied voice in speech. O Nefertem who comes from Hutkaptah. I have not been evil, not done evil.
O Temsep who comes from Djedu. I have not conspired against the king. O wilful one who comes from Tjebu. I have not been disloyal.
O watery one who comes from Nun. I have not raised my voice. O light of the people who comes from his being. I have not blasphemed.
O yoker of good who comes from Gem. I have not taken airs. O Nehebkau who comes from the town. I have not selected just for my good. O distinct of head who comes from the town.
I have been rich only on my own. O bringer of his armful who comes from the town. This standardised version is known today as the 'Saite recension', after the Saite 26th dynasty.
In the Late period and Ptolemaic period , the Book of the Dead remained based on the Saite recension, though increasingly abbreviated towards the end of the Ptolemaic period.
The last use of the Book of the Dead was in the 1st century BCE, though some artistic motifs drawn from it were still in use in Roman times.
The Book of the Dead is made up of a number of individual texts and their accompanying illustrations. Most sub-texts begin with the word ro, which can mean "mouth," "speech," "spell," "utterance," "incantation," or "a chapter of a book.
At present, some spells are known,  though no single manuscript contains them all. They served a range of purposes. Some are intended to give the deceased mystical knowledge in the afterlife, or perhaps to identify them with the gods: Still others protect the deceased from various hostile forces or guide him through the underworld past various obstacles.
Famously, two spells also deal with the judgement of the deceased in the Weighing of the Heart ritual. Such spells as 26—30, and sometimes spells 6 and , relate to the heart and were inscribed on scarabs.
The texts and images of the Book of the Dead were magical as well as religious. Magic was as legitimate an activity as praying to the gods, even when the magic was aimed at controlling the gods themselves.
The act of speaking a ritual formula was an act of creation;  there is a sense in which action and speech were one and the same thing.
Hieroglyphic script was held to have been invented by the god Thoth , and the hieroglyphs themselves were powerful. Written words conveyed the full force of a spell.
The spells of the Book of the Dead made use of several magical techniques which can also be seen in other areas of Egyptian life. A number of spells are for magical amulets , which would protect the deceased from harm.
In addition to being represented on a Book of the Dead papyrus, these spells appeared on amulets wound into the wrappings of a mummy. Other items in direct contact with the body in the tomb, such as headrests, were also considered to have amuletic value.
Almost every Book of the Dead was unique, containing a different mixture of spells drawn from the corpus of texts available.
For most of the history of the Book of the Dead there was no defined order or structure. The spells in the Book of the Dead depict Egyptian beliefs about the nature of death and the afterlife.
The Book of the Dead is a vital source of information about Egyptian beliefs in this area. One aspect of death was the disintegration of the various kheperu , or modes of existence.
Mummification served to preserve and transform the physical body into sah , an idealised form with divine aspects;  the Book of the Dead contained spells aimed at preserving the body of the deceased, which may have been recited during the process of mummification.
The ka , or life-force, remained in the tomb with the dead body, and required sustenance from offerings of food, water and incense.
In case priests or relatives failed to provide these offerings, Spell ensured the ka was satisfied. It was the ba , depicted as a human-headed bird, which could "go forth by day" from the tomb into the world; spells 61 and 89 acted to preserve it.
An akh was a blessed spirit with magical powers who would dwell among the gods. The nature of the afterlife which the dead person enjoyed is difficult to define, because of the differing traditions within Ancient Egyptian religion.
In the Book of the Dead , the dead were taken into the presence of the god Osiris , who was confined to the subterranean Duat. There are also spells to enable the ba or akh of the dead to join Ra as he travelled the sky in his sun-barque, and help him fight off Apep.
There are fields, crops, oxen, people and waterways. The deceased person is shown encountering the Great Ennead , a group of gods, as well as his or her own parents.
While the depiction of the Field of Reeds is pleasant and plentiful, it is also clear that manual labour is required.
For this reason burials included a number of statuettes named shabti , or later ushebti. These statuettes were inscribed with a spell, also included in the Book of the Dead , requiring them to undertake any manual labour that might be the owner's duty in the afterlife.
The path to the afterlife as laid out in the Book of the Dead was a difficult one. The deceased was required to pass a series of gates, caverns and mounds guarded by supernatural creatures.
Their names—for instance, "He who lives on snakes" or "He who dances in blood"—are equally grotesque. These creatures had to be pacified by reciting the appropriate spells included in the Book of the Dead ; once pacified they posed no further threat, and could even extend their protection to the dead person.
If all the obstacles of the Duat could be negotiated, the deceased would be judged in the "Weighing of the Heart" ritual, depicted in Spell The deceased was led by the god Anubis into the presence of Osiris.
There, the dead person swore that he had not committed any sin from a list of 42 sins ,  reciting a text known as the "Negative Confession".
Then the dead person's heart was weighed on a pair of scales, against the goddess Maat , who embodied truth and justice.
Maat was often represented by an ostrich feather, the hieroglyphic sign for her name. If the scales balanced, this meant the deceased had led a good life.
Anubis would take them to Osiris and they would find their place in the afterlife, becoming maa-kheru , meaning "vindicated" or "true of voice".
This scene is remarkable not only for its vividness but as one of the few parts of the Book of the Dead with any explicit moral content.
The judgment of the dead and the Negative Confession were a representation of the conventional moral code which governed Egyptian society.
For every "I have not John Taylor points out the wording of Spells 30B and suggests a pragmatic approach to morality; by preventing the heart from contradicting him with any inconvenient truths, it seems that the deceased could enter the afterlife even if their life had not been entirely pure.
A Book of the Dead papyrus was produced to order by scribes. They were commissioned by people in preparation for their own funeral, or by the relatives of someone recently deceased.
They were expensive items; one source gives the price of a Book of the Dead scroll as one deben of silver,  perhaps half the annual pay of a labourer.
In one case, a Book of the Dead was written on second-hand papyrus. Most owners of the Book of the Dead were evidently part of the social elite; they were initially reserved for the royal family, but later papyri are found in the tombs of scribes, priests and officials.
Most owners were men, and generally the vignettes included the owner's wife as well. Towards the beginning of the history of the Book of the Dead , there are roughly 10 copies belonging to men for every one for a woman.
The dimensions of a Book of the Dead could vary widely; the longest is 40m long while some are as short as 1m. The scribes working on Book of the Dead papyri took more care over their work than those working on more mundane texts; care was taken to frame the text within margins, and to avoid writing on the joints between sheets.
The words peret em heru , or 'coming forth by day' sometimes appear on the reverse of the outer margin, perhaps acting as a label.
Books were often prefabricated in funerary workshops, with spaces being left for the name of the deceased to be written in later.
The text of a New Kingdom Book of the Dead was typically written in cursive hieroglyphs , most often from left to right, but also sometimes from right to left.
The hieroglyphs were in columns, which were separated by black lines — a similar arrangement to that used when hieroglyphs were carved on tomb walls or monuments.