Enigmatic Book of the Netherworld

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The Enigmatic Book of the Netherworld is a two-part ancient Egyptian funerary text found on the second shrine in KV62, the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun. It is speculated that the book covers the creation and rebirth of the sun; however, the true meaning of the book is not known due to the use of cryptographic illustrations to preserve the secrecy of the formulae. The Enigmatic Book of the Netherworld is broken into three sections that incorporate other funerary texts, such as the Book of the Dead and the Amduat. Other enigmatic books have been found in the tombs of Ramesses IX and Ramesses V.

Further reading[edit]

  • Darnell, John Coleman (2004). The Enigmatic Netherworld Books of the Solar-Osirian Unity. Academic Press Fribourg / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Göttingen.  ISBN 3-7278-1469-1 / ISBN 3-525-53055-2
  • Hornung, Erik (1999). The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Afterlife (in German). David Lorton (translator). Cornell University Press.