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Fragmente des Sog. ‘Sothisrituals’ von Oxyrhynchos aus Tebtynis

The book contains the edition of a hieratic written text from the Tebtunis temple library, dating to the 1st – 2nd century AD. The ritual text is a compilation of fumigation and libation spells for the main deities of the designed ritual place, the Per-Khefyt in Oxyrhynchos, on the one hand and an offering litany for the benefit of pharaoh consisting of a cultic topography, a name litany, as well as a litany for Sothis on the other hand. The focus of the text lies on Sothis and the various manifestations of the dangerous goddess. The Myth of the Sun’s Eye has an influence on the composition. Therefore, the aim of the ritual seems to be protection of pharaoh during the beginning of the year, when the sun’s eye, that is Sothis, arise, which announces the Nile inundation. 

211 pages | 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 | © 2016

Carsten Niebuhr Institute Publications

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