Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead
By: Normandi Ellis
The Egyptian Book of the Dead is one of the oldest and greatest classics of Western spirituality. Until now, the available translations have treated these writings as historical curiosities with little relevance to our contemporary situation.
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The Egyptian Book of the Dead is one of the oldest and greatest classics of Western spirituality. Until now, the available translations have treated these writings as historical curiosities with little relevance to our contemporary situation. This new version, made from the hieroglyphs, approaches the Book of the Dead as a profound spiritual text capable of speaking to us today. These writings suggest that the divine realm and the human realm are not altogether separate; they remind us that the natural world, and the substance of our lives, is fashioned from the stuff of the gods. Devoted like an Egyptian scribe to the principle of “effective utterance”, Normandi Ellis has produced a prose translation that reads like pure, diaphanous verse.
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1About the Author:
Normandi Ellis’s books on Egyptian myth, ritual and magic include The Union of Isis and Thoth, Imagining the World into Existence, Invoking the Scribes, Words on Water, Feasts of Light, and Dreams of Isis. Her translation from the hieroglyphs, Awakening Osiris, is considered a spiritual classic. Of Imagining the World into Existence, Jean Houston said: "Quite simply, this is a masterpiece. It is the life work of a numinous poet, writer, and Egyptian scholar. To read this work is to be planted with the seed of once and future mysteries.” An arch-priestess of the Fellowship of Isis, she facilitates trips to Egypt, is a Spiritualist minister, clairvoyant and astrologer and teaches in the School of Metaphysics at Camp Chesterfield. In addition to her studies in Egyptian mysticism, she is a poet and fiction writers, having won awards from the YMCA Writers Voice, the Bumbershoot Award, and awards from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Colorado Arts and Humanities. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts as well as activism sgrants for her work in the environment and with elder women and youth at risk. For more information on her writing, workshops, or travel schedule visit www.normandiellis.com.Product Dimensions:
5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inchesPages:
June 5, 2009