The Egyptian Book of the Dead, and other papyri and paintings, have long held a fascination for modern people, but they are easily and often dismissed as superstitions, fanciful poetry. In recent times, however, serious interest in them has reawakened. What is their origin and could they still hold wisdom for us today?
Frank Teichmann has researched Egyptian civilization for more than forty years, and in this beautiful and profusely illustrated book he shows that a deep understanding of the sacred mysteries of Egypt is a key to illuminating the texts and images of the time. Egyptian mystery centers were places of spiritual initiation in which trainees had powerful, direct contact with spiritual beings. It was their task to bring their newfound knowledge to the wider population, through the use of texts such as the Book of the Dead.
The sacred mysteries that the trainees experienced are also borne out by the spiritual research of Rudolf Steiner. Teichmann explores the mysteries in compelling detail, to show their enduring significance for today.
C O N T E N T S:
1. The Mysteries and their Effect on History
2. The Egyptian Mysteries
3. The Image of the Sun’s Path and the Egyptian World View
4. The Essential Nature of the Human Being
5. The Nature of the Human Being in the Afterlife
6. Egyptian Civilization as a Mystery Culture
7. The Nature of the Egyptian Mysteries
Index to Illustrations
“This book is beautifully illustrated with 200 color photographs and is as solid as an Egyptian statue…”—Margaret Jonas, New View
Frank Teichmann (1937–2006) trained as an aircraft designer. He studied Egyptology and Classical Archeology and was leader of the anthroposophic training course in Stuttgart. He is the author of many books, including Kultur der Verstandesseele; Kultur der Empfindungsseele; Die griechischen Mysterien; Die ägyptischen Mysterien; Der Gral im Osten; Der Mensch und sein Tempel: Chartres; Der Mensch und sein Tempel: Ägypten; and Der Mensch und sein Tempel: Griechenland.