H 245 x W 175 mm
Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white
Published Nov 2016
This book is a comprehensive study of the myth of the Egyptian deities mś.w Bdšt - ‘Children of Weakness’ - and the scene depicting the cat, cutting off the head of the serpent under the branches of the išd-tree found on a number of Book of the Dead chapter 17 vignettes.
Chapter 1: The scene with the cat, serpent and sacred tree, 19th–21st Dynasties
Chapter 2: Correlation between text and visual image
Chapter 3: Mś.w Bdšt – the sources and the plot
Chapter 4: Mś.w Bdšt in the context of BD 175A, BD 123, CT Sp. 409, pBrooklyn 47.218.84 and the Book of Heavenly Cow – the Cosmogonic myth dénouement
Chapter 5: Mś.w Bdšt in the Book of Gates
Chapter 6: Mś.w Bdšt – the name and the image
Chapter 7: Essence of mś.w Bdšt in the Egyptian world view
Appendix 1: Catalogue of sources
Appendix 2: Selected texts
Dr Mykola Tarasenko is a Senior Fellow at the А. Yu. Krymskyi Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyev. His research area is focused on the studies of illustrative tradition of the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, and specifically the vignettes of spell 17. In 2007 he was awarded the fellowship grant of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) for the study course at the ‘Bonn Book of the Dead Project’ (Bonn Totenbuchprojekt). In 2014 he won the fellowship grant of the Stiftungsfonds für Postgraduates der Ägyptologie (Vienna, Austria). The current book is the result of his work within these Fellowships Projects.