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Egyptian Religion and Magic in the Papyri

Willy Clarysse

in The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199843695
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199843695.013.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Egyptian Religion and Magic in the Papyri

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The first section of this article discusses traditional religion, looking at the Ancient Egyptian worldview, mummification and afterlife, and the role of the temples in economy and administration. The second section considers new developments in Egyptian religion such as listening gods, animal cults, Egyptian “saints”, oracles, dreams, and katochê. The third section describes the growing state intervention, examining the administration of temples, priestly privileges, temple asylum, and dynastic and imperial cults. The fourth section looks at the impact of the Greek, describing interpreatio graeca, the Hellenization of the gods, and astrology. The last section describes the end of Egyptian religion, looking at polytheism, religion without temples, and Egyptian religion within Christianity.

Keywords: traditional religion; Egyptian religion; mummification; Hellenization; interpreatio graeca; state intervention; Greek gods; polytheism; temple administration

Article.  10359 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Papyrology ; Egyptology ; Religion in the Ancient World

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