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By Adolf Erman

The amount right here translated seemed initially in 1904...The Egyptian faith appeals to a few as a result of its unending number of shape, and the numerous levels of superstition and trust that it represents; to others due to its early reputation of a excessive ethical precept, its problematic conceptions of a existence after dying, and its reference to the improvement of Christianity; to others back without doubt since it explains lovely issues pricey to the collector of antiquities, and commonly used items in museums. F. LL. GRIFFITH. (1907 - translator)

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Oh beauteous youth, come to thy 7~ouse. I see thee not and my hecwt feam for thee, mine eyes long for thee . Come to her who loves thee, who lovcs thee, Wennofre, t h o u blessed one. Coome to thy sister, come to thy wife, thy wife, thou whose heart i s still. Come to her who i s nzistress of thy house. 1 am thy sister, boyn of the same mother, thou shalt not be f a r from me. Gods and men twma their faces towards thee, and togethey they bewail thee . I call to thee and weep so that it i s hcwd even to heaven, but thou dost not hear my voice, and yet 1 c m thy sister whom thoib lovedst upon earth!

The sacred character of the royal house extended also to its insignia and attributes. The various crowns especially appear as sacred objects, which themselves possess divine powers, and the principal functionary in charge of the royal jewellery serves it in the character of a priest? I n the next chapter we hope to show how this deification of the king is apparent in the temple scenes, where he appears among the gods as the sole representative of the world. British Museum, 5 i 4 . CHAPTER I1 RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS O F THE EARLY PERIOD W E cannot here attempt to describe all the religious ceremonies, to discuss the various plans of the temple buildings, or to define the distinctions between the different orders of priests; the immense mass of material renders it impossible to do so.

It was only in the ritual, with its unchangeable customs, that the old ideas survived, only partially comprehended. But in course of time the influence of the myths made itself felt even in the ritual, and the original Osiris and Isis had to make way for the traditional Osiris and Isis, now widely known among the nations. It is in this period of mythology that we first know anything of the religion of Egypt; even our earliest texts are full of allusions t o the myth. The day whemin. . The might whewin .

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