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The Pyramid Texts

By Translation by Samuel A. B. Mercer

"The Pyramid Texts were funerary inscriptions that were written on the walls of the early Ancient Egyptian pyramids at Sakkara. These date back to the fifth and sixth dynasties, approximately the years 2350-2175 B.C.E. However, because of extensive internal evidence, it is believed that they were composed much earlier, circa 3000 B.C.E. The Pyramid Texts are, therefore, essentially the oldest sacred texts known.

Samuel Mercer was the first to produce a complete English translation of this mysterious text, in 1952. This was also the first complete translation in any language."

Title Page
Preface
Contents
Introduction
Chapter I. Nut and the Deceased King, Utterances 1-11
Chapter II. Ritual of Bodily Restoration of the Deceased, and Offerings, Utterances 12-203
Chapter III. A Group of Prayers And Charms, Utterances 204-212
Chapter IV. A Series of Old Heliopolitan Texts Partly Osirianized, Utterances 213-222
Chapter V. The Deceased King Receives Offerings and is Re-Established in His Functions and Possessions, Utterances 223-225
Chapter VI. Mostly Serpent Charms, Utterances 226-243
Chapter VII. The Deceased King Arrives in Heaven Where He is Established, Utterances 244-259
Chapter VIII. The Deceased King Triumphs Over His Enemies and is Recognized by the Gods, Utterances 260-262
Chapter IX. Means Whereby the Deceased King Reaches Heaven, Utterances 263-271
Chapter X. The Deceased King in Heaven, Utterances 272-274.
Chapter XI. Charms, Utterances 275-299
Chapter XII. The Ferryman and the Deceased Kings Ascension, Utterances 300-311
Chapter XIII. A Series of Five Charms, Utterances 312-316
Chapter XIV. Miscellaneous Utterances on the Career of the Deceased King in the Hereafter, 317-337
Chapter XV. Offerings for the Deceased King, Utterances 338-349
Chapter XVI. Miscellaneous Utterances on the Hereafter, 350-374
Chapter XVII. Conjurations and Charms, Utterances 375-400
Chapter XVIII. Utterances Concerning Well-Being, Especially Food and Clothes, 401-426
Chapter XIX. In Praise of Nut, Utterances 427-435
Chapter XX. Miscellaneous Texts--Some Largely Osirian, Utterances 436-442
Chapter XXI. Second Series in Praise of Nut, Utterances 443-452
Chapter XXII. A Miscellaneous Group, Utterances 453-486
Chapter XXIII. A Series of Food Texts, Utterances 487-502
Chapter XXIV. A Series of Reed-Floats and Ferryman Texts, Utterances 503-522
Chapter XXV. Miscellaneous Texts Chiefly About the Deceased Kings Reception and Life in Heaven, Utterances 523-533
Chapter XXVI. For The Protection of the Pyramid Enclosure Against Osiris and His Cycle, Utterance 534
Chapter XXVII Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 535-538
Chapter XXVIII. A Litany of Ascension, Utterance 539
Chapter XXIX. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 540-552
Chapter XXX. Resurrection, Meal, and Ascension of the Deceased King, Utterance 553
Chapter XXXI. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 554-562
Chapter XXXII. A Purification Litany, Utterance 563
Chapter XXXIII. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 564-569
Chapter XXXIV. New-Birth of the Deceased King as a God in Heaven, Utterance 570
Chapter XXXV. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 571-575
Chapter XXXVI. The Resurrection and Ascension of the Deceased King, Utterance 576
Chapter XXXVII. The Resurrection of Osiris with whom the Gods are Satisfied, Utterance 577
Chapter XXXVIII. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 578-586
Chapter XXXIX. An Early Hymn to the Sun, Utterance 587
Chapter XL. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 588-600
Chapter IXLI A Litany-Like Incantation for the Endurance of a Pyramid and Temple, Utterance 601
Chapter XLII. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 602-605
Chapter XLIII. The Resurrection, Ascension, and Reception of the Deceased King in Heaven, Utterance 606
Chapter XLIV. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 607-609
Chapter XLV. The Deceased King on Earth and in Heaven Utterance 610
Chapter XLVI. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 611-626
Chapter XLVII. The Ascended King, His Works, and Identifications, Utterance 627
Chapter XLVIII. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 628-658
Chapter XLIX The Death of the King and His Arrival in Heaven, Utterance 659
Chapter L. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 660-669
Chapter LI. The Death, Resurrection, and Spiritualization of the King, Utterance 670
Chapter LII. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 671-675
Chapter LIII. Resurrection, Transfiguration, and Life of the King in Heaven, Utterance 676
Chapter LIV. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 677-683
Chapter LV. The Deceased King Ascends to Heaven, Utterance 684
Chapter LVI. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 685-689
Chapter LVII. A Series of Addresses to the Deceased King as a God, Utterance 690
Chapter LVIII. Texts of Miscellaneous Contents, Utterances 691-704
Chapter LIX. A Series of Unclassifiable Fragments, Utterances 705-714
James Henry Breasted Development of Religion and Thought in Ancient Egypt

 

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