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Elena Pischikova

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167249

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167249.001.0001

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Toward a Better Understanding of the Ritual of the Hours of the Night (Stundenritual)

Toward a Better Understanding of the Ritual of the Hours of the Night (Stundenritual)

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(p.97) 6 Toward a Better Understanding of the Ritual of the Hours of the Night (Stundenritual)
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Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis
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Kenneth Griffin

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774167249.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the Ritual of the Hours of the Night in the First Pillared Hall of the tomb of Karakhamun. The Ritual of the Hours of the Day and Night is one of a series of religious texts relating to the cycle of the sun god. The Hours of the Night have been interpreted as consisting of extracts from the Book of the Dead. In the earliest versions of the ritual, attested within the memorial temples of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III of the Eighteenth Dynasty, it is the pharaoh who is the beneficiary. The ongoing reconstruction of the tomb of Karakhamun offers the potential to better understand the Hours of the Night. The chapter first considers the sources for the texts of the Hours of the Night before analyzing its complete text.

Keywords:   reconstruction, Ritual of the Hours of the Night, First Pillared Hall, tomb of Karakhamun, Ritual of the Hours of the Day, religious texts, Book of the Dead, Eighteenth Dynasty, memorial temples, sun god

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