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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.
You won't find them here. But, if you're looking for good, campy fun ala Tales from the Crypt types of zombie stor In the s, the only person that was doing anything significant with zombies was the Godfather himself, George Romero.
But, if you're looking for good, campy fun ala Tales from the Crypt types of zombie stories, by all means, sink your teeth into this perverted bag of goodies.
And I mean perverted. Many of these stories have either zombie sex or the biting off of penises in there somewhere.
Those two alone were worth the price of admission. Here's my take on each one. Blossom - Chan McConnell The dangers of hooking up with someone you don't know and having an exotic fetish all while the zombie apocalypse is beginning.
Enjoyed the irony of this one. I've had issues with the two Laymon novels that I've read being extremely juvenile with unbelievable characters or story lines.
But, this short story was the exact opposite. In fact, I loved this short story so much that I'm going to give his novels another try.
Trying to determine what can of soup to buy out of all those choices on the shelf will send her running from the store without buying anything.
But when the dead begin to rise on Genneseault Island, Maddie has already forced herself to cope. Good characters but felt incomplete.
It seemed more like a snippet from a longer story. These soldiers aren't doing what you think they are. Martha is a waitress at the local diner and the focus of many of the male residents lustful attention.
But, pretty Martha only has eyes for the young deputy sheriff, Bobby Mack, and the other men don't like this. They don't like it at all. And when things go to hell, they come to take what they want.
Elaine is the nurse in a hospital where they have patients that rapidly shake their heads back and forth as if they're saying no, no, no and they have to restrain them from shaking as they try to feed them.
But, they don't eat or attack them and then the one rips his own head off at the end. Hey, if you "get" this story, please explain it to my dumb ass.
It was little more than a boring set of philosophical ramblings. A slight twist at the end that was too little too late to turn this yawn-fest around.
An absolute chore to get through. Pretty ridiculous even for a zombie story. But it had an interesting hypothesis on what happened to the zombies over time.
Boyett An assault on an Ecosphere project in the Arizona desert with trained zombies. Nice writing style and character development.
The zombies can think and begin to wage their own war. Lots of interesting ideas in a story of irony about a zombie who was previously a jazz saxophonist.
Lansdale A bounty hunter is bringing his fugitive across the desert when they run into a whacked out cult leader who also happened to have caused the zombie apocalypse.
Schow The morbidly obese kid that was the butt of all the jokes in high school squares off against a television evangelist and his army of disciple zombies.
A piss-your-pants hilarious story. Blossom — Chan McConnell: Mess Hall — Richard Laymon: Hone Delivery — Stephen King: Wet Work — Philip Nutman: Bodies and Heads — Steve Rasnic Tem: Choices — Glen Vasey: The Good Parts — Les Daniels: Less Than Zombie — Douglas E.
Saxophone — Nicholsa Royke: Dead Giveaway — Brian Hodge: Eat Me — Robert R. View all 3 comments. Nov 11, Adamus rated it liked it Shelves: This book was ok, but j did expect a lot more out of it.
Some of the stories took me really long to finish because I just wasn't interested in them, but I only finished because I hate leaving books half finished.
I like how everybody had there own concept of the zombie story, but it still was a little off for me. I hope the second book is better than the first because it was a little disappointing for me because I had high hopes on the whole book being really good.
Overall it wasn't that bad, but it wasn't over the top either. Jul 16, C. Authors include such notables as Ramsey Campbell, Douglas E.
McCammon, and of course Stephen King. People all over town are being admitted and confined in the hospital where Elaine works, having lost all mental capacity as well as control of their bodies.
Meanwhile outside of town the world is falling to pieces as the dead are walking the earth, feasting on the living. In the end, the secret to the shaking heads and what happens to them is, in standard Tem form, absolutely amazing and unexpected.
Living dead spin a wheel and win a prize. Another story was over 40, while still one more topped 50 pages. In a really good anthology, I can deal with one novella, but three stories of that length just kills my motivation to keep reading on a daily basis.
And really, length is my only gripe with this one. All of the authors involved are recognizable names in the horror field, and these stories show why that is.
None of the stories felt cobbled together just because there was a zombie anthology looking for stories, and none of them felt as if they were pre-existing stories with a little editing done in post to turn them into zombie stories, even though for all I know this was exactly the case in at least one or two instances.
If it was, the authors hid it well. Pay attention to this table of contents, folks. Nonetheless, it was titillating. Here, I give you a taste of it: Instead, he reached into a headboard compartment and brought out a rubber mask festooned with sewn leather and buckles and shiny gold zippers.
It almost made her laugh. The contraption engulfed her head like a thick,too-tight glove. She thought of getting stuck in a pullover Scary-shit.
She thought of getting stuck in a pullover sweater, only this material was definitely nonporous. Her lungs felt brief panic until the thing was fully seated and she could gulp air through the nose and mouth slits.
Then Quinn resumed pushing himself into her, his prodding more urgent now. He broke rhythm only to zip the holes in the mask shut.
Fear blossomed loud in her chest, becoming a fireball. She pulled in a final huge draught of air before he zipped the nose shut, and wasted breath making incomprehensible muling noises against the already-sealed mouth hole.
Quinn loved every second of it, battering her lustily despite her abrupt lack of lubrication. The friction vanished when he came inside her.
Cos what happen after this IS the scary part. View all 27 comments. A friend of mine lent me this book, and I read it over the Christmas holiday of I know that zombies aren't proper Christmas undead ghosts are - just ask Charles Dickens , but what the hell?
To be honest, I couldn't remember all of the stories, so I pulled the contents from Wikipedia and will make a note of what I remember about each of them.
Like a lot of fiction from this genre, some were really good, but most weren't - and an attempt at social commentary was usually the deciding factor i A friend of mine lent me this book, and I read it over the Christmas holiday of Like a lot of fiction from this genre, some were really good, but most weren't - and an attempt at social commentary was usually the deciding factor in either case.
Cover I have to address the cover of this book: I know you can't judge a book by its cover, but I mean, really, it looks like a book about witchcraft, or ghosts, or demonic possession.
I have no idea who picked the artwork, but he or she should be subjected to one of the gruesome endings that the characters within the book eventually meet!
Foreword by George A. Romero Supposedly, all of the stories in the book were either set in George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" universe or were deeply inspired by it.
I have no idea what George actually said in the forward, but I am sure sure it was a humble recognition of his own stature as the father of the genre.
God bless you, George, you sick fuck! New Hope for the Future" by Skipp and Spector I have no idea what these guys had to say either; unlike Romero's forward, I probably didn't even read it, actually.
Schow This was the story of a man and his undead whore. When Jared Shurin puts together an anthology, it will be something special, no doubt about it.
This one was something a little extra special, not only due to its star-studded cast of authors, but also the really nice touch of illustrations by the very talented Garen Ewing.
And of course the subject matter. The Book of the Dead promises and delivers an eclectic ride filled with mummies, mysteries and more alliteration intended , and filled me with tremendous happiness.
As can be expected with all projects of this nature, I liked some stories more than others, but all gathered here are masterful works in their own right, and I hope that at some point Shurin puts another anthology of this nature together.
Instead of the expected arrival for judgment, Ramesses finds himself haunting a museum, and the journey that follows is most unconventional.
Moore certainly plays with all the emotional trauma of eternal life, loss and love. In a glimpse of an alternative history, Egypt and its Islamic culture has thrived while Europe remains in the dark ages.
A group of Egyptian scientists travel north to uncover bog mummies… with catastrophic consequences.
A lovely reversal and a big thumbs up from me. Elizabeth Wilson might be a downtrodden student in an abusive relationship with her professor, but with a little divine intervention, the results, though predictable, are no less satisfying.
Oh, and extra Nerine points to West for tapping into one of my greatest phobias related to cling film. This is a poignant and evocative tale, with some lovely unsettling imagery.
It has all the hallmarks of a classic gothic horror in the vein of Frankenstein but in the end I felt that I was waiting for it to deliver a more solid punch.
However, I suspect the fault may lie with the reader on this point. Not quite a murder mystery, but definitely a mystery well worth the read. The entire story left me with a bit of a WTF, but it was pleasing to read, nonetheless.
This story features a gleefully macabre cabal of mummies who contend with long-distance relationships in the present era, and as the name of the story suggest, Paris specifically.
Just go read his novels. I was on the verge of tears by the time I reached the end of this story in which a priest and a pharaoh discuss the nature of death and farewells, throughout the years.
Beautiful and poignant, and I want to squish the author and tell him how much I need to frame this piece of writing so I can read it again when I need to.
How do I review an anthology? But this was good! I read it to get into the spirit for my mummy costume this year: Mar 01, Elanor Matton-Johnson rated it liked it Shelves: There are some very interesting stories in this anthology, though there were only a few that I truly enjoyed.
The Gail Carriger story was a lot of fun and the final story by Will Hill was fascinating. I didn't read all the stories, some were dreadfully boring to me.
And most were undeveloped. But that is the risk with anthologies. Oct 06, Adrianne rated it really liked it. Very well-written short stories.
Bob recommended it to me. I dawdled starting it, but once going, it was hard to put down. Really only worth reading for the Gail Carriger story.
This contains the curious case of the cat Apr 20, Patricia Ferreira rated it really liked it Shelves: Great short stories, some terror, some not, but all good.
Ashlen rated it it was amazing Jun 05, Deborah Cornette rated it really liked it Jul 13, PointyEars42 rated it it was ok May 07, Holly Havens rated it really liked it Jul 12, Kari Blackmoore rated it it was amazing Oct 12, Shaynah rated it really liked it Aug 22, Jessica rated it really liked it Jun 08, Jean Valk rated it it was ok Dec 06, Wenamun rated it liked it Mar 05,
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