Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Exhibition: Journey through the Afterlife

Heritage Key (Ann Wuyts)

Never before the Book of the Dead has been the focus of such a major exhibition as the one upcoming at the British Museum in November this year. Rumours of the exhibition started to surface (or at least, reach my ears) ever since the Colloquium on the Book of the Death last year, but was only recently confirmed. 'Journey through the afterlife: the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead' will focus on how the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead was thought to guide the deceased safely through the dangers of the underworld, ultimately (hopefully) ensuring eternal life. The Book of the Dead is not a single text, but a compilation of spells - often with illustrations of the underworld - of which the content evolved over time.

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