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Divine Kings

Pierre de Maret

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199232444
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199232444.013.0067

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Divine Kings

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This article focuses on concept of divine kingship and archaeology. The application of the concept of divine kingship to contemporary cultures and groups is problematic, requiring an in-depth knowledge of how it operates, as well as an awareness of looking back into the past. However, taking into account its complexity, ambiguity, and variability, the concept of divine kingship remains relevant to archaeology when assessing past evidence of political and religious practices. When written sources describe religious beliefs and practices, as well as the political system, it is possible to grasp if there was a king-like figure and to what extent it was assimilated to a divinity, like the pharaoh in ancient Egypt.

Keywords: divine kingship; archaeology; religious practice

Article.  3925 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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