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La cosmogonie égyptienne: avant le Nouvel Empire


Bickel, Susanne (1994). La cosmogonie égyptienne: avant le Nouvel Empire. Fribourg, Switzerland / Göttingen, Germany: Éditions Universitaires / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Abstract

The Egyptian conceptions of the origin of the world are studied through the most ancient written sources of the pharaonic civilization, the Pyramid Texts from the Old Kingdom and the Coffin Texts from the Middle Kingdom. The relevant passages are translated and classified according to the main stages of the creative process: the phase of the preexistence, the transition towards existence with the self-creation of the god Atum, the creation of the principal components of the universe through different means, and the phase of the maintenance of the creator’s work. Atum is the only creator god attested before the New Kingdom; other important deities are subordinate to him and attend to the propagation of the principle of life.
The conceptions of cosmogony never form a coherent account but rather present themselves as independent mythical images. The myth appears as an essentially non-narrative structure which functions as a huge complex of knowledge that can become meaningful in several contexts.

Abstract

The Egyptian conceptions of the origin of the world are studied through the most ancient written sources of the pharaonic civilization, the Pyramid Texts from the Old Kingdom and the Coffin Texts from the Middle Kingdom. The relevant passages are translated and classified according to the main stages of the creative process: the phase of the preexistence, the transition towards existence with the self-creation of the god Atum, the creation of the principal components of the universe through different means, and the phase of the maintenance of the creator’s work. Atum is the only creator god attested before the New Kingdom; other important deities are subordinate to him and attend to the propagation of the principle of life.
The conceptions of cosmogony never form a coherent account but rather present themselves as independent mythical images. The myth appears as an essentially non-narrative structure which functions as a huge complex of knowledge that can become meaningful in several contexts.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:Special Collections > Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis
Dewey Decimal Classification:200 Religion
290 Other religions
930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)
Language:French
Date:1994
Deposited On:08 Aug 2018 13:22
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:10
Publisher:Éditions Universitaires / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Series Name:Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis
Volume:134
Number of Pages:346
ISBN:3-7278-0950-7
Additional Information:Digitalisat erstellt durch Florina Tischhauser, Religionswissenschaftliches Seminar, Universität Zürich
OA Status:Green
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