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Sonic Acting in the Pyramid of Queen Neith: Statements about Sound in Ritual texts from the Time of Pepi II
2016 (English)In: The Pyramids: Between life and death: Proceedings of the Workshop Held at Uppsala University, Uppsala, May 31st - June1st, 2012 / [ed] I. Hein, N. Billing, E. Meyer-Dietrich, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016, 271-291 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A total of 151 statements on sonic acting are found on the walls of the burial chamber and the corridor of the pyramid of Queen Neith. ‘Sonic acting’ is my term for talking, laughing, shouting, rejoicing and other types of sound-producing acts as well as bodily created rhythms that are performed by members of a culture. The central question put to the texts is: How did they generate a cultural knowledge that the deceased human being could hear, produce sounds, and take part in rhythmic movements? The analysis reveals a network of sonic activities built up around Queen Neith. It consists of audible relationships, of sonic acting that is demanded of the deceased as well as performed by her, and the regulation of sonic acting in her environment

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016. 271-291 p.
Boreas. Uppsala Studies in Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Civilizations, ISSN 0346-6442 ; 36
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Neith pyramid texts Pepi II sonic acting
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300596ISBN: 978-91-554-9169-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-300596DiVA: diva2:951686
Workshop Held at Uppsala University, Uppsala, May 31st - June1st, 2012
Available from: 2016-08-09 Created: 2016-08-09 Last updated: 2016-08-09

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