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date: 21 June 2021

p. 666. Lord of the Two Lands: myths of nationhoodlocked

p. 666. Lord of the Two Lands: myths of nationhoodlocked

  • Pinch Geraldine

Abstract

To many, Tutankhamun's mask is the face of Ancient Egypt. His buried treasures allude to a wide range of myths. ‘Lord of the Two Lands: myths of nationhood’ examines in detail myths surrounding the kings and gods of Ancient Egypt. The power of the king was based on divine authority, but were the kings themselves considered gods? In religious art and literature, the king could take on different mythological roles. The gods were treated as existing in two types of time: a continuous present, accessed by ritual with the gods as powerful cosmic forces whose interactions were beyond human concerns; and a remote past when the world was different and the gods were fallible with desires and emotions.

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