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From stories of resurrected mummies and thousand-year-old curses to powerful pharaohs and the coveted treasures of the
Great Pyramids, ancient Egypt has had an unfaltering grip on the modern imagination. Now, in Egyptian Mythology,
Geraldine Pinch offers a comprehensive introduction that untangles the mystery of Egyptian Myth.
Spanning Ancient Egyptian culture--from 3200 BC to AD 400--Pinch opens a door to this hidden world and casts light on
its often misunderstood belief system. She discusses the nature of myths and the history of Egypt, from the predynastic
to the postpharaonic period. She explains how Egyptian culture developed around the flooding of the Nile, or the
"inundation," a phenomenon on which the whole welfare of the country depended, and how aspects of the inundation were
personified as deities. She explains that the usually cloudless skies made for a preoccupation with the stars and
planets. Indeed, much early Egyptian mythology may have developed to explain the movement of these celestial bodies. She
provides a timeline covering the seven stages in the mythical history of Egypt and outlining the major events of each
stage, such as the reign of the sun God. A substantial A to Z section covers the principal themes and concepts of
Egyptian mythology as well as the most important deities, demons, and other characters. For anyone who wants to know
about Anubis, the terrifying canine god who presided over the mummification of bodies and guarded burials, or Hathor,
the golden goddess who helped women to give birth and the dead to be reborn, or an explanation of the nun, the primeval
ocean from which all life came, Egyptian Mythology is the place to look.