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date: 05 April 2020

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The various collections, or “books,” of cosmological scenes and texts employed for the decoration of tombs in the Valley of the Kings are discussed in this chapter. These works are then divided into three broad categories: Books of the Dead, etiological treatises, and the Books of Underworld and Sky. Problematic aspects of these corpora are considered, including the possible existence of papyrus master copies and the potentially deceptive preponderance of evidence from mortuary contexts. A catalog follows, in which the relevant books are described concisely in terms of select, thematic elements relating to their layout, organization, and interrelationships. Accompanying tables include comprehensive lists of occurrences, summarizing all known exemplars from the Valley of the Kings.

Keywords: Amduat, Awakening of Osiris, Books of the Afterlife, Book of Caverns, Book of the Dead, Book of the Earth, Book of Gates, Books of the Night and Day, Book of the Solar-Osirian Unity, Underworld Books

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