Their journey through the underworld was not considered as a pleasant picnic-trip.
Why had the use of detailed descriptions and advice for the trip.
One of these was found during an excavation in 2012, and now it turns out that it is the world's oldest copy of an illustrated book.
It writes the New York Times, according to Science.dk.
It is belgian egyptologists, which is behind the found of the world's oldest illustrated book, which they came across in nekropolisen - the underground dødeby or gravkompleks - Deir el-Bersha in Egypt.
There is a guide through the underworld, called ’The Two Weighed the Book’. the
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In the study on the discovery, which is published in the Journal of Egyptian Archaelogy, describes the lead author and a professor of Egyptology tank harco Willems the remarkable findings that emerged during the exploration of a 4,000-year-old gravkammer.
Unfortunately, was the grave site and the corridors in the past been visited by unwary researchers, as well as grave robbers. Sarkofagrester lay scattered and rotted in the darkness.
On those found Willems inscriptions.
- These 'kistetekster' have a tendency to place the deceased into the Gods world, tells the tank harco Willem style The New York Times.
- By the way, it is not uncommon to encounter 'the Book of the two Roads',, he says.
There is in fact previously found examples of such guidebooks to hell, but this is the earliest variant. It originates from the Middle Kingdom, 2055-1650 b.v.t.
There was not much peace over death under the pharaohs time.
According to the guidebook, there are two options for the transit in the grave with the final destination: Dødsguden Osiris’ divine tribunal.
According to the book, one had to stand face to face with demons, flammemure and armed gatekeepers in order to reach tribunalen, where a win could be an eternal, divine life.
So there is nothing to say that it has been nice to have a 'Trip goes to... to Hell' with him on the journey to the perilous beyond.
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