Women in Ancient Egypt : the religious experiences of the non-royal woman

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dc.contributor.advisor Cornelius, Izak
dc.contributor.author Koen, Elizabeth Theresia en_ZA
dc.contributor.other University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dept. of Ancient Studies.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-06-17T07:51:02Z en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-01T08:50:19Z
dc.date.available 2008-06-17T07:51:02Z en_ZA
dc.date.available 2010-06-01T08:50:19Z
dc.date.issued 2008-03 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/2498
dc.description Thesis (MPhil (Ancient Studies)--University of Stellenbosch, 2008.
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the importance of the function of religion in the life of the average, non-royal woman in Ancient Egyptian society. As Ancient Egyptian society and the historical documentation thereof were dominated by the male perspective, the extent of religious participation by women was, until recently, underestimated. Recent research has shown that women had taken part in, and in some cases even dominated, certain spheres of Ancient Egyptian religion. This included religious participation in public, as well as the practice of certain religious rituals in the home. The religious lives of ordinary women of non-royal families were studied by looking at their involvement in the public aspects of Egyptian religion, such as temples, tombs and festivals, as well as at the influence of religion on their identities as women and mothers. The research method followed was that of an iconographical analysis of original sources, which were classified and examined in order to establish their religious links to women of the middle and lower classes. A catalogue of sources is given, including sources depicting women participating in public rituals and objects used in a more domestic sphere. The first included tomb paintings and reliefs from tombs and temples, as well as objects given as public offerings to various deities. The second group included objects and visual depictions relating to fertility, birth and death. This thesis attempts better to understand and illuminate to what an extent the ordinary women of Ancient Egypt were involved in religious participation in their daily lives, as well as to illustrate the dimensions of this participation. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en_ZA en_ZA
dc.publisher Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch
dc.subject Dissertations -- Ancient studies en_ZA
dc.subject Theses -- Ancient studies en_ZA
dc.subject Women -- Religious life -- Egypt en_ZA
dc.title Women in Ancient Egypt : the religious experiences of the non-royal woman en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
dc.rights.holder University of Stellenbosch


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