Egyptian Concepts on the Orientation of the Human Body *

  title={Egyptian Concepts on the Orientation of the Human Body *},
  author={M. J. Raven},
  journal={The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology},
  pages={37 - 53}
  • M. J. Raven
  • Published 2005
  • History
  • The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology
Many rituals in ancient Egypt manifest a preoccupation with the orientation of the body. The dead were often buried with the head towards the north. The decoration of coffins and canopic chests also shows an underlying system of cosmic notions. Various other rituals demonstrate a strong predilection for facing south, an orientation which is also apparent from the designations for east and west in the Egyptian language. Apparently there was a firm belief in the need to conform to the four… Expand
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