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La Duat como espacio de una dialéctica de la regeneración

In-habitación y resignificación del espacio funerario en los Textos del Amduat

Mariano Bonanno
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Spanish with summary in English and Spanish
304pp. Illustrated throughout in black and white
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The Duat as a regeneration dialectic space: In-habiting and re-signification of funerary space in the Underworld Books of the New Kingdom. This work is framed on the history of religious ideas of ancient Egypt, but, more precisely, on the funerary literature of the New Kingdom. Then, and specifically, it is framed on questions derived from its temporary nature, spatiality and its divine interrelationship between Re and Osiris in the context of the nocturnal voyage of the sun by the world of the dead. The whole textual aim of the study, the Underworld Books, (the Book of Amduat, the Book of Gates, the Book of Caverns and the Book of the Earth) cosmogonic “image” by the reproduction of the sun journey during the night- and from which we will move forward inthe comprehensive analysis of the process we denominate 'of in-habiting' between the gods Re and Osiris, resize not only the concept, by enriching it at an exponential way, but also the functionality, the dynamic and general structure of that space -dwAt- originally undetermined. The new layout I propose is a resizing of the funerary spaces, supported by the expansion and/or projection of the dwAt with an evolving and factual diversity as to subsume the other spaces that originally made up the hereafter in a broad sense -Axt, nwn and nwt-. I call this process “duatization” of the funerary space since we understand that in the Books of the Underworld it is emphasized the contraction of those three spaces from the expansion of the other -dwAt-, which ostensibly “monopolises” and functionally gathers the previous three. Regarding the interrelationship issue between Re and Osiris, it is necessary to deep in the analysis of a divine link between two deities that represent “supplementary functions”, and that, not being conveniently included in the scope of syncretism and its variants (assimilation, co-habitation, identification, etc.), it is presented to us insufficiently encompassed as well as explained.