Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death by Steven Snape

By Steven Snape

This e-book explores the advance of tombs as a cultural phenomenon in historic Egypt and examines what tombs demonstrate approximately old Egyptian tradition and Egyptians’ trust within the afterlife.
• Investigates the jobs of tombs within the improvement of funerary practices
• attracts on various information, together with structure, artifacts and texts
• Discusses tombs in the context of way of life in historical Egypt
• Stresses the significance of the tomb as an everlasting expression of the self

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The second problem is a natural assumption that, given the appearance of these tombs, their close relationship to anything a living person might wish to live in seems improbable. However, one of the few places where Old Kingdom private housing survives to any significantly reconstructable degree is in the town attached to the tomb of Queen Khentkawes I at Giza. It is likely that these houses were occupied by priests involved in the funerary cult of the queen; if so, these are people who are not elite owners of major mastabas, but they are people of some status.

The offerings which were made to the god came primarily from resources owned by the god. At its simplest this might mean that a particular god would own a particular quantity of agricultural land, the produce of which (after deductions) would form the offerings in the temple. The deductions would include the portion of produce kept by the peasants who worked the land. In reality this land and its produce, the property of the god, would be part of the divine estate administered by the staff of the temple of the god.

It is likely that this process did not take place until after the death of the tomb-owner, since their requirements could be met in a fairly limited timeframe, although it may be, for slightly more elaborate burials, that a pre-existing family tomb might be used. However, we need to remember once again that these guesses regarding tomb provision for the vast majority of the population of ancient Egypt are just that – guesses – since the archaeological record has not given us any significant evidence to reconstruct those processes with any degree of confidence.

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