Friday, December 12, 2008
The first examples of the Book of the Dead are from the 18th dynasty. Although there is some example of earlier funerary texts on the inside of the 5th, 6th, and 8th dyansty rulers tombs. The writing helped ensure their safe journey into the afterlife. They believed that if the texts were with in the tomb and that if they practiced them throughout their life it would give them a safe trip. If the text was written on the walls of the tomb it was known as the "coffin texts".