Perspectives on Lived Religion: Practices Transmission Landscape [Paperback]

Nico Staring (Editor); Huw Twiston Davies (Editor); Lara Weiss (Editor)

ISBN: 9789088907920 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Series: Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities | Volume: 21 | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English H11 x W8 (mm) 80fc/70bw

Perspectives on Lived Religion


Religion in the ancient world, and ancient Egyptian religion in particular, is often perceived as static, hierarchically organised, and centred on priests, tombs, and temples. Engagement with archaeological and textual evidence dispels these beguiling if superficial narratives, however. Individuals and groups continuously shaped their environments, and were shaped by them in turn. This volume explores the ways in which this adaptation, negotiation, and reconstruction of religious understandings took place. The material results of these processes are termed 'cultural geography'. The volume examines this 'cultural geography' through the study of three vectors of religious agency: religious practices, the transmission of texts and images, and the study of religious landscapes. Bringing together papers by experts in a variety of Egyptological disciplines and other fields of study, this volume presents the results of an interdisciplinary workshop held at the University of Leiden, 7-9 November 2018, kindly funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Vidi Talent Scheme. The 16 papers presented here discuss the archaeology of religion and religious practices, landscape archaeology and 'cultural geography', and the transmission and adaptation of texts and images, across not only the history of Egypt from the Early Dynastic to the Christian periods, but also in ancient Sudanese archaeology, the Arabian peninsula, early and medieval south-eastern Asia, and contemporary China.

Table of Contents

N. Staring, H. Twiston Davies and L. Weiss
Re-awakening Osiris at Umm el-Qaab (Abydos). New evidence for votive offerings and other religious practices
Julia Budka
Appropriation of territory through migrant ritual practices in Egypt’s eastern Delta
Miriam Müller
Prosopographia Memphitica – Analyzing Prosopographical Data and Personal Networks from the Memphite Necropolis
Anne Herzberg
Immortality as the response of others
Lara Weiss
Votive practices in the local shrines of ancient Egypt
Richard Bussmann
In Hathor’s womb. Shifting agency of iconographic environments: The private tombs of the Theban necropolis under the prism of cultural geography
Alexis den Doncker
The Talking Dead: Funerary inscriptions, cairns, and landscape in the Jordanian Harrah
Ahmad al-Jallad
‘Epigraphical Landscape Appropriation – New Kingdom Rock Inscriptions in Upper Nubia’
Johannes Auenmüller
A landscape biography approach to the study of the Saqqara New Kingdom necropolis
Nico Staring
‘Architecture of Intimidation: Political Ecology and Landscape Manipulation in Early Southeast Asia.
Elizabeth Cecil
Text Transmission as a Composition Process: The Case of the Saite Religious Texts
Ramadan Hussein
The Harpist’s Song at Saqqara: Transmission, Performance, and Context
Huw Twiston Davies
The Crying Game. Some thoughts about the “cow and calf” scenes on the sarcophagi of Aashyt and Kawit
Burkhard Backes
Human and material aspects in the process of transmission and copying the Book of the Dead in the tomb of Djehuty (TT 11)
Lucía Díaz-Iglesias Llanos
From Viṣṇu to Sūrya / From Śiva to Sūrya: Tracking Processes of Transmission and Recreation in Sanskrit Religious Literature
Peter Bisschop
Attending the Grave on a Clear Spring Day: The Linked Ecology of Religious Life in Contemporary Urban China
Anna Sun

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