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H 290 x W 205 mm

306 pages

37 figures, 26 tables

Published May 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789695953

Digital: 9781789695960

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New Year Festival; Ancient Egypt; New Kingdom; Religion; Cult

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Archaeopress Egyptology 28

The Festivals of Opet, the Valley, and the New Year

Their Socio-Religious Functions

By Masashi Fukaya

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This volume compares the religious and social functions of the Ancient Egyptian festivals of Opet, the Valley, and the New Year. Until now, detailed study of the New Year Festival has only been carried out with reference to the Greco-Roman period; this study turns its attention to the New Kingdom.



Chapter 1: Introduction ;
1.1. Introduction ;
1.2. Overview of Egyptian calendrical systems and festivals ;
1.3. Theban religiosity ;

Chapter 2: Opet Festival ;
2.1. Research history ;
2.2. Chronological study ;
2.3. Designation of the Opet Festival ;
2.4. Sequence of the Opet Festival ;
2.5. Events associated with the Opet Festival ;

Chapter 3: Valley Festival ;
3.1. Research history ;
3.2. Chronological study ;
3.3. Designation of the Valley Festival ;
3.4. Sequence of the Valley Festival at the temple ;
3.5. Valley Festival as a popular celebration ;
3.6. Sequence of the Valley Festival at the private tomb ;
3.7. Excursus: appointment of the divine wife Isis, a daughter of Ramses VI ;

Chapter 4: New Year Festival ;
4.1. Research history ;
4.2. Chronological study ;
4.3. Ceremonies of the New Year Festival ;
4.4. Other official ceremonies ;
4.5. Representations in the private tomb at the Theban West ;
4.6. Economic functions of the New Year Festival ;

Chapter 5: Conclusions ;

Appendices: ;
Appendix 1 List of dated religious events ;
Appendix 2 Tables and text ;

List of references

About the Author

Masashi Fukaya comes from the city Tokai to the south of Nagoya. After studying at the University of Tsukuba he completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford in 2014. He has long focused on religious festivals where the general public would communicate with the god in various forms, and also been extending his interests to women, foreigners, and the socially weak. At present he teaches as a visiting researcher at Aichi Prefectural University, Japan.