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Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts

Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts

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Until now, the Pyramid Texts have been viewed primarily as royal funerary texts used in the liturgy of the deceased pharaoh. This emphasis has obscured what were actually experiences of the living, not the dead, king. To understand the extreme psychological states the pharaoh experienced, we need to approach them as spiritual phenomena that reveal the extraordinary possibilities of human consciousness. Jeremy Naydler's radical reinterpretation of the Pyramid Texts--the earliest religious literature of ancient Egypt--now places these documents into the context in which they belong. It is the shamanic spiritual tradition, argues Naydler, that is the undercurrent of the Pyramid Texts and the basis of ancient Egyptian mysticism.

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