Book of Gates

This course consists of two lessons of two hours. It will be taught in Cairo by the Dutch Egyptologist Huub Pragt on Wednesday March 20th 2019. Have a look at the EES poster on the Course Book of Gates.

Sign up

When you are staying in Egypt and you need more information or if you would like to follow this course, please contact Essam Nagy ees.cairo@britishcouncil.org.eg or call mobile +20 (0)100 5467 405.

People in the Netherlands, Flanders or elsewhere in the world, who would like to follow this course, can contact Huub Pragt info@egyptologie.nl or call +31 (0)6-12162042. The deadline for signing up is Tuesday February 12th 2019.
This event is part of the clustered ‘Ancient Beliefs‘ program.

The Ancient Egyptian cosmological treatise Book of Gates narrates the passage of the ba-soul of the deceased into the afterlife. It corresponds to the journey of the sun god Ra through the Duat during the twelve hours of the night. The ba-soul is required to pass through a series of gates at different stages in the journey in the sunboat which is protected by the winding snake Mehen. Each gate is watched over by a guardian and it requires that the deceased recognises the particular characteristics of each stage. The text implies that some ba-souls will pass through unharmed, but that others will suffer torment in a lake of fire. This nightly journey of the sun can be regarded as the process of pregnancy that is taking place in the body of the sky goddess Nut. Eventually the deceased will be reborn at dawn just like the renewed sungod Ra-Horakhty.

For many years Huub Pragt has been directing his educational institute on Egyptology in The Netherlands. Every participant will receive the syllabus entitled ‘Book of Gates’ that will be used during the course.

This one-day course can be combined with the one-day course Amduat that takes place a day earlier.

Class day

Wednesday March 20th 2019

Class Times

1 PM – 3 PM
30 minutes coffee break
3.30 PM – 5.30 PM

Location

The Egypt Exploration Society Cairo Office, 192 Gamal Abd El-Nasser Rd (Corniche el-Nil), Agouza Cairo. The office is housed in the building of the British Council in Egypt.

Costs

EES Members: 250
Student EES members: 200
Non-EES members: 350
Student non-members: 300