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THE JACKAL DIVINITIES OF EGYPT from the Archaic Period to Dynasty X (2005) by Terence DuQuesne

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THE JACKAL DIVINITIES OF EGYPT from the Archaic Period to Dynasty X (2005) by Terence DuQuesne

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DUQUESNE, Terence

The Jackal Divinities of Egypt I, from the Archaic Period to Dynasty X (Oxfordshire Communications in Egyptology VI)

Redhill, Surrey: Darengo Publications, 2005. First Edition. Hardcover. 4to (measures 8.5 x 12 inches). Listed as Volume I (no additional volumes published). Blue cloth with gilt titles and hieroglyphics to front. Gilt titles to spine. Issued without dust jacket. xxii + 566 pp. Black and white illustrations. Annexes and index. 

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Until now no comprehensive study of any of the jackal divinities, let alone all of them, has yet appeared. The author spent nearly two decades researching the subject and now offers an initial volume devoted to the divine canids of Egypt from predynastic times to the end of the First Intermediate Period. Initially, the plan was to deal only with Anubis, but the evidence for interactions of various sorts between him, Upwawet, Khentyamentiu, and the others obliged the author to consider all the jackal deities that are known. 

Some of the topics covered include the following: the earliest relevant records of canids, pre- and protodynastic hieroglyphs for jackals and related animals and objects, iconography of the jackal deities, discussion of funerary formulae, the priests of the jackal deities, cults and festivals, annotated passages from the Pyramid Texts concerning Anubis and the other jackal divinities, and more including a section of annexes which include epithets of the jackal divinities, lists of priests with deities they served, personal and funerary domains of jackal divinities, and much more. There is no other book like this. It is an invaluable reference work. 

DuQuesne passed away in 2014. His love of and fascination with dogs combined with his interests in ancient Egyptian religion led him to specialize in studying ancient Egypt’s jackal deities, of whom he himself became something of a devotee. He was also interested in Osiris and Ptolemaic religion. He published a number of short works on Egyptian religion which became classics in their field, but his long-term project was a wide-ranging survey of Egypt’s jackal gods. This is the premiere volume of that project. Two further volumes (for the Middle and New Kingdoms) remain unfinished.