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Wine & Wine Offering In The Religion Of Ancient Egypt

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Wine & Wine Offering In The Religion Of Ancient Egypt by Poo, 9780710305015
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  • ISBN: 9780710305015 | 071030501X
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/8/1995
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As a literary civilization that has been studied intensively, ancient Egypt has yielded the outlines of its religious, political, economic and social institutions. Yet despite the fact that much is known about Egyptian culture, especially Egyptian religion, until now little has been known of the actual process through which an object of daily life, such as wine, was integrated into the religious system.
This innovative study shows how the religious significance of wine was actually woven into rituals and how expressions were coined, stereotyped and transmitted over a long span of time. The study begins by examining the development of viticulture in Egypt, the location of the vineyards, the religious and medical use of wine and the attitude of the Egyptians towards wine drinking. It then moves on to study representations of wine offering from the earliest times to the Graeco-Roman period, and to examine liturgies of wine offering both in funerary and in divine cults.
The historical and textual documentation of wine and wine offering is then used to explore the significance of wine and wine offering in Egyptian religion.

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