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date: 23 January 2021

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Although positive evidence is scanty, it is beyond question that the Valley of the Kings was also an important ritual space. This chapter tries to explore the types of rituals that are expected to or can even be proven to have been staged both inside and outside the tombs before, during, and after the royal funeral. It draws on comparative evidence from the private sphere as well as on a close look at the scanty remains that indicate ritual activity in the Valley itself. A key role is being played by the tomb of Tutankhamun, the only tomb found only slightly disturbed since the original funeral and fully unviolated since the late New Kingdom. By paying close attention to the excavation record, it is actually possible to get at least a glimpse of some rituals which can be corroborated by other, external evidence.

Keywords: BD spell 151, Beautiful Feast of the Valley, Book of the Dead, doors, embalming deposit, embalming ritual, oars, Opening of the Mouth, ritual protection, torch Tutakhamun

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