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Ancient Egyptian Religion
Other African Traditional Religions
Ancient Egyptian Language
Children's Books on Kemet
Hymns and Prayers
Aromatherapy and Herbal Medicine
Dream and Dream Interpretation in Ancient Egypt
     

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Ancient Egyptian Religion

Frankfort, Henri, Ancient Egyptian Religion: An Interpretation, New York, Harper and Row, c. 1948. [this book is out-of-print, but is usually available through the Advanced Book Exchange book search]

Hornung, Erik, Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt:  The One and the Many, Ithaca, New York, Cornell University Press, c. 1982.

Lesko, Barbara S., The Great Goddesses of Egypt, Norman, Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma Press, c. 1999.

Meeks, Dimitri, and Christina Favard-Meeks, Daily Life of the Egyptian Gods, Ithaca, New York, Cornell University Press, c. 1996.

Morenz, Siegfried, Egyptian Religion, Ithaca, New York, Cornell University Press, c. 1960, 1973.

Shafer, Byron L. (ed.), Religion in Ancient Egypt:  Gods, Myths, and Personal Practice, Ithaca, New York, Cornell University Press, c. 1991.

Shafer, Byron L. (ed.), Temples of Ancient Egypt, Ithaca, New York, Cornell University Press, c. 1997.

Siuda (AUS), Hmt. Rev. Tamara (published as Rev. Tamara Siuda-Legan), The Neteru of Kemet:  An Introduction, Chicago, Eschaton Productions, Inc., c. 1994.

 

Other African Traditional Religions

Somé, Malidoma Patrice, The Healing Wisdom of Africa:  Finding Life Purpose Through Nature, Ritual, and Community, New York, Penguin Putnam Inc., c. 1998.

Somé, Malidoma Patrice, Of Water and the Spirit:  Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman, New York, Penguin Putnam Inc., c. 1994.

Somé, Malidoma Patrice, Ritual:  Power, Healing, and Community (The African Teachings of the Dagara), New York, Penguin Putnam Inc., c. 1993.

 

Ancient Egyptian Language

Learning to Draw the Glyphs

Fischer, Henry George, Egyptian Calligraphy:  A Beginner's Guide to Writing Hieroglyphs, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, c. 1988.  [excellent step-by-step diagrams for drawing all of the most common glyphs; especially helpful for drawing the numerous birds and animals!]

Grammar Books

Hoch, James, Middle Egyptian Grammar (Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities series vol.15), Mississauga, Canada, Benben Publications, c. 1997.   [The grammar book presently used at U.C. Berkeley and other major universities in first-year Middle Egyptian language classes.  IMHO still the best grammar available in English for beginning students]

Allen, James P., Middle Egyptian:  An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, c. 2000.   [the latest Egyptian grammar written in English, differing from "Standard Theory" in some grammatical points and containing interesting essays about Kemetic society and thought.  I would recommend it as a supplement to Hoch's grammar.]

Gardiner, Sir Alan, Egyptian Grammar:  Being an Introduction to the Study of Hieroglyphs, Oxford, Griffith Institute, c. 1988.  [the most comprehensive reference grammar, with thousands of examples of every grammatical structure.  Outdated in some technical points and very difficult to use as a textbook for self-study, but still excellent as a supplementary reference to the other two textbooks mentioned]

Dictionaries

Hannig, Ranier, Großes Handwörterbuch Ägyptisch-Deutsch (2800-950 v. Chr.), Mainz, Philipp von Zabern, c. 1995. [very good Middle Egyptian-German dictionary, though without source references for expressions]

Hannig, Rainer, and Petra Vomberg, Wortschatz der Pharaonen in Sachgruppen: Kulturhandbuch Ägyptens, Mainz, Philipp von Zabern, c. 1999. [Companion volume to the Großes Handwörterbuch, with words grouped according to subjects]

Faulkner, Raymond O., A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian, Oxford, Griffith Institute, c. 1962.  [though not as complete as Hannig's dictionary, still the only Middle Egyptian-English dictionary presently available]

Shennum, David, English-Egyptian Index of Faulkner's Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian, Malibu, Undena Publications, c. 1977.  [the closest thing to an English-Middle Egyptian dictionary that exists.  A good companion to Faulkner's dictionary]

For Courses, Email Lists and Websites for Middle Egyptian Language, please see "Ancient Egyptian Language" under Kemetic Links

 

Hymns and Prayers

Jan Assmann, Ägyptische Hymnen und Gebete, c. 1999 [available from Universitätsverlag, Pérolles 42, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland, eduni@st-paul.ch, attention: Othmar Keel]

Assmann, Jan, Egyptian Solar Religion in the New Kingdom [contains hymns to Amun and Ra], London, Kegan Paul International, c. 1995.

Barucq, André and François Daumas, Hymnes et Prieres de l'Égypte Ancienne, Paris, Les Éditions du Cerf, c. 1980.

Foster, John L., Hymns, Prayers and Songs: An Anthology of Ancient Egyptian Lyric Poetry, Atlanta, Georgia, Scholars Press, c. 1995. (also available in paperback)

Kitchen, Kenneth A., Poetry of Ancient Egypt, Documenta Mundi: Aegyptiaca 1 series, Jonsered, Sweden, Paul Astroms Förlag, c. 1999.

Lichtheim, Miriam, Ancient Egyptian Literature, Vol. I:  The Old and Middle Kingdom, Berkeley, University of California Press, c. 1975.  [hymns and prayers included along with other texts]

Lichtheim, Miriam, Ancient Egyptian Literature, Vol. II: The New Kingdom, Berkeley, University of California Press, c. 1976.  [hymns and prayers included along with other texts]

Lichtheim, Miriam, Ancient Egyptian Literature, Vol. III: The Late Period, Berkeley, University of California Press, c. 1980.  [hymns and prayers included along with other texts]

 

Aromatherapy and Herbal Medicine

Manniche, Lise, An Ancient Egyptian Herbal,  Austin, University of Texas Press, c. 1989.

Maniche, Lise, Sacred Luxuries: Fragrance, Aromatherapy, and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt, Ithaca, New York, Cornell University Press, c. 1999.

 

Dream and Dream Interpretation in Ancient Egypt

Assmann, "Eine Traumoffenbarung der Göttin Hathor," Revue d'Égyptologie 30 (1978) pp. 22-50.

Baines, John, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 73 (1987), 82n10, 85n27, 87n43.

Bierbrier, Morris, The Tomb Builders of the Pharoahs, New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, c. 1984.  (references to Dream-book of Kenherkhepeshef)

Brier, Bob, Ancient Egyptian Magic, New York, Quill, c. 1981, pp. 213-224.

Gardiner, Alan, Hieratic Papyri in the British Museum, Third Series:   Chester Beatty Gift, London, British Museum, 1931.  (col. 10, II. 10-19)

Gunn, Battiscomb, "Interpreters of Dreams in Ancient Egypt," Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 4 (1917), p. 252.

Pinch, Geraldine, Magic in Ancient Egypt, Austin, University of Texas Press, c. 1994.

Ray, J.D., The Archive of Hor, Texts from Excavations, vol. 2, London, Egypt Exploration Society, 1976.  (The most important group of dreams from Egypt, from Hor of Sebennytos, 2nd century B.C.E.)

Roberts, Alison, Hathor Rising: The Power of the Goddess in Ancient Egypt, Rochester, Vermont, Inner Traditions International, c. 1995, 1997.

Romer, John, Ancient Lives:  Daily Life in Egypt of the Pharoahs, New York, Henry Holt and Company, c. 1984, pp. 68-72. (chapter on Dream-book of Kenherkhepeshef)

Satzinger, Helmut, "Zwei Wiener Objekte mit bemerkenswerten inschriften," in Mélanges Gamal Eddin Mokhtar, vol. 2, Cairo, Bibliothèque Étude 97/2 (1985), pp. 249-254.

Sauneron, Serge, "Les songes et leur interprétation dans l'Égypte ancienne," in Les songes et leur interprétation, Sources Orientales 2, Paris, Seuil, 1959, pp. 17-61.

Vernus, Pascal, "Traum," Lexikon der Ägyptologie 6 (editors, Wolfgang Helck, Eberhard Otto, and Wolfhart Westendorf), Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, 1972, pp. 745-749.

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