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Billing, N. (2018). The Performative Structure: Ritualizing the Pyramid of Pepy I. Leiden/Boston: Brill Academic Publishers
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2018 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Billing investigates the ancient Egyptian pyramid complex as a performative structure, ritualized through the operative faculty inherent in monumental architecture, text, and image. The main body of research is given over to an analysis of the Pyramid Texts found in the pyramid of king Pepy I of the Sixth Dynasty (ca 2300 BCE). It is demonstrated that the texts were distributed on distinct space-bound thematic and ritual levels in order to perpetuate a cultic activity from which the lord of the tomb could be transformed by moving through the different chambers and corridors towards the exit. Just as the decoration program of the mortuary temple once delineated the ritual and ideological structure of the royal mortuary cult, the corpus of texts distributed in the pyramid provided a monumentalized performative structure that effectuated the perennial rebirth for its owner.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leiden/Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. p. 626
Series
Harvard Egyptological Studies, ISSN 2352-7501 ; 4
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
Egyptology; History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383589 (URN)9789004372368 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-05-17 Created: 2019-05-17 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved
Billing, N. (2017). The pyramid as a journey.: Cultic encounters between father and son in the pyramid of Pepy I. In: Proceedings of the XI international congress of egyptologists: . Paper presented at XIth International Congress of Egyptologists, Florence 23-30 August, 2015 (pp. 35-40). Paper presented at XIth International Congress of Egyptologists, Florence 23-30 August, 2015. Oxford: Archaeopress, 19
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The pyramid as a journey.: Cultic encounters between father and son in the pyramid of Pepy I
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the XI international congress of egyptologists, Oxford: Archaeopress, 2017, Vol. 19, p. 35-40Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Archaeopress, 2017
Series
Archeopress Egyptology ; 19
National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383593 (URN)9781784916008 (ISBN)
Conference
XIth International Congress of Egyptologists, Florence 23-30 August, 2015
Available from: 2019-05-17 Created: 2019-05-17 Last updated: 2019-07-16Bibliographically approved
Billing, N. (2016). De dödas bok: Den fornegyptiska dödsboken i översättning och kommentar (1ed.). Stockholm: Carlsson Bokförlag
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2016 (Swedish)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Carlsson Bokförlag, 2016. p. 485 Edition: 1
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
Egyptology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-313793 (URN)9789173317399 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-01-24 Created: 2017-01-24 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved
Billing, N. (2016). The Dialogue of Geb and Nut in Relation to the Royal Sarcophagus in the Pyramid of King Pepy I. In: Liber amicorum-speculum siderum :: nut astrophoros : papers presented to Alicia Maravelia (pp. 3-16). Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, 17
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Dialogue of Geb and Nut in Relation to the Royal Sarcophagus in the Pyramid of King Pepy I
2016 (English)In: Liber amicorum-speculum siderum :: nut astrophoros : papers presented to Alicia Maravelia, Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd , 2016, Vol. 17, p. 3-16Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, 2016
Series
Archaeopress Egyptology ; 17
National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383591 (URN)9781784915223 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-05-17 Created: 2019-05-17 Last updated: 2019-07-16Bibliographically approved
Hein, I., Billing, N. & Meyer-Dietrich, E. (Eds.). (2016). The Pyramids: Between Life and Death. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
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2016 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016
Series
Boreas. Uppsala Studies in Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Civilizations, ISSN 0346-6442 ; 36
National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-299371 (URN)9789155491697 (ISBN)
Note

Proceedings of the Workshop Held at Uppsala University, Uppsala, May 31st-June 1st, 202

Available from: 2016-07-18 Created: 2016-07-18 Last updated: 2016-07-20Bibliographically approved
Billing, N. (2013). The Performative Structure: Ritualizing the pyramid of Pepy I. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Department of Theology, Uppsala University
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2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the ancient Egyptian pyramid complex as a ritualized structure. In accordance with an indigenous cultural pattern, the category of an eternal architecture had been created at the beginning of the Old Kingdom (ca. 2700 B.C.), the evolution of which there-after bears witness to a constant visualization of the contemporary changes in the discourse of mortuary religion. The mythic and ritual properties of this architectural genre become increas-ingly articulated in the second half of the period, when its various elements are configured in accordance with a more accentuated iconic pattern, a change combined with the inauguration and development of comprehensive programs of decoration in terms of images and texts. 

The thesis is divided into two main parts. The first part examines the concept of monu-mentalization as a strategy in a process of ritualization, and the performative/operative faculty inherent in sacred architecture, iconic script and images. It presents the role of the Old King-dom mortuary temple as a ritualized abode on the basis of the surviving programs of decora-tion, finally to create a bridge to the second part by delineating the role and organization of the Pyramid Texts found inscribed on the walls of the royal tomb at the end of the same period. 

The second part provides an analysis of the textual corpus inscribed in the pyramid tomb of king Pepy I (early 6th Dynasty, ca. 2300 B.C.). It demonstrates that the texts were distribut-ed at distinct space-bound thematic and ritual levels in order to perpetuate a cultic activity from which the beneficiary and lord of the tomb could be transformed by means of a move-ment through the different chambers and corridors towards the exit. In this respect, the corpus of texts distributed in his tomb provided a monumentalized performative structure that effec-tuated his perennial rebirth. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Department of Theology, Uppsala University, 2013. p. 560
Keywords
Pyramid Texts, monumentality, iconicity, performativity, Pepy I, reconstitution, manifestation, resurrection, ascension, ritual agency, mortuary temple, cult, pyramid
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197244 (URN)978-91-506-2339-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-05-03, Sal IV, Universitetshuset, Uppsala, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2013-04-12 Created: 2013-03-20 Last updated: 2013-08-22
Billing, N. & Rowland, J. (2012). Recently discovered blocks in the central Delta village of Kom el-Ahmar, Minuf. In: P. Kousoulis & N. Lazaridis (Ed.), Kousoulis P., Lazaridis N. (Ed.), Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008. Paper presented at Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008. Leuven: Peeters
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2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008 / [ed] Kousoulis P., Lazaridis N., Leuven: Peeters , 2012Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Leuven: Peeters, 2012
Series
Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta (OLA), ISSN 978-90-429-2550-2
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154158 (URN)
Conference
Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008
Available from: 2011-05-26 Created: 2011-05-26 Last updated: 2012-07-04Bibliographically approved
Billing, N. (2011). Egyptens pyramider: Evighetens arkitektur i forntid och nutid (ny reviderad upplaga) (2ed.). Stockholm: Carlsson bokförlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Egyptens pyramider: Evighetens arkitektur i forntid och nutid (ny reviderad upplaga)
2011 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Carlsson bokförlag, 2011. p. 416 Edition: 2
National Category
History of Religions Architecture
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154155 (URN)978 91 7331 420 6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-05-26 Created: 2011-05-26 Last updated: 2012-06-20Bibliographically approved
Billing, N. (2011). Gudinna i förvandling: Bild och performativitet i det gamla Egypten. Nathan Söderblom-sällskapets årsbok, 67
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2011 (Swedish)In: Nathan Söderblom-sällskapets årsbok, ISSN 0347-2302, Vol. 67Article in journal (Other academic) In press
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Universitetstryckeriet, 2011
National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154159 (URN)
Available from: 2011-05-26 Created: 2011-05-26 Last updated: 2012-06-20Bibliographically approved
Billing, N. (2011). Monumentalizing the Beyond: Reading the Pyramid before and after the Pyramid Texts. Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur, 40, 53-66
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Monumentalizing the Beyond: Reading the Pyramid before and after the Pyramid Texts
2011 (English)In: Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur, ISSN 0340-2215, Vol. 40, p. 53-66Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hamburg: Buske Verlag, 2011
National Category
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154156 (URN)
Available from: 2011-05-26 Created: 2011-05-26 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
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