The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

Stories from the Museum Floor

Inspired by yesterday’s celebrations of World Book Day, today’s post by Becca from the Visitor Team at Manchester Museum takes a closer look at the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead… 

World Book Day – The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

Today we will be discussing the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead – I know, I know, it’s always dead stuff with me, isn’t it?

The term ‘Book of the Dead’ is very much a modern Western invention, with a more literal translation being, ‘Spells of Coming Forth by Day’ – but that doesn’t lend itself to a catchy phrase in a film now does it?

book-of-dead_the-mummyA replica of The Book of the Dead featured in The Mummy (1999). Image courtesy of Stelter Creative Woodworks (via metmuseum.org).

And although we call it a book, it isn’t necessarily what we would recognise as a book…

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