The Egyptian Book of the Dead: A guidebook for the underworld

The Egyptian Book of the Dead: A guidebook for the underworld

Ancient Egyptians believed that in order to become immortal after death, a spirit must first pass through the underworld — a realm of vast caverns, lakes of fire, and magical gates. Needless to say, one needed to come prepared. But how? Tejal Gala describes an Egyptian "Book of the Dead" — a customized magic scroll written by the living to promote a smooth passage to the afterlife when they died.

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