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The Performative Structure: Ritualizing the Pyramid of Pepy I
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, History of Religions.
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.

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Leiden/Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. , p. 626
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Harvard Egyptological Studies, ISSN 2352-7501 ; 4
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History of Religions
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Egyptology; History of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383589Libris ID: 5fdmx99j30rd0tk6ISBN: 9789004372368 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-383589DiVA, id: diva2:1316445
Available from: 2019-05-17 Created: 2019-05-17 Last updated: 2019-09-05Bibliographically approved

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