Episode 81: The Book of the Dead

The Architect Kha and his Book of Going Forth by Day

In the days of Amunhotep II (c.1420 BCE), a royal architect named Kha commissioned a funerary text for his tomb. This text was a magnificent rendition of the Book of the Dead. To celebrate Kha’s work, and the survival of his tomb, we take a dip into the legendary text of his Book (one of many to come).

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Richard Faulkner, The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, 1985.

Erik Hornung, The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Afterlife, 1999.

John H. Taylor, Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, 2013.

Emily Teeter, Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt, 2011.

E. Vassilika, The Tomb of Kha, 2010.

Toby Wilkinson, Writings from Ancient Egypt, 2016.