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Djekhy & SonDoing Business in Ancient Egypt$
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Koenraad Donker van Heel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164774

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164774.001.0001

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Wate Djekhy 559 BCE

Wate Djekhy 559 BCE

(p.57) 4 Wate Djekhy 559 BCE
Djekhy & Son

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

Water was essential in these funerary cults. In the Old Kingdom (2575–2134 BCE) people passing the tombs in the necropolis were called upon by the deceased themselves: “You, who are still living on earth and are passing this grave, pour some water for me!” The choachyte (‘water-pourer’) Djekhy son of Tesmontu was part of an ancient Egyptian tradition. The importance of water in Egypt was well known. A low Nile meant starvation. When Djekhy brought his libations—and no doubt beer, bread, and other foodstuffs as well—to the dead in the Theban necropolis this tradition had already spanned thousands of years.

Keywords:   Djekhy, Papyrus Louvre, contract, Thebes, water, Nile, funerary, tombs, Deir al-Medina

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