Egyptian Mythology: A concise guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Egyptian Myths (book review)

Egyptian Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Egyptian MythsEgyptian Mythology: A Concise Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Sagas, Rituals and Beliefs of Egyptian Myths by Bernard Hayes
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

A waste of time.

The book felt like the author took a student’s research paper and issued the details in a point by point basis. In fact it kept jumping around, giving no reference or background on the myths. The “facts” spit out at a rapid pace, with a lot of the facts having no relation to each other, so the book isn’t organized well.

The fact that they kept using examples from Greek or Chinese writers also seemed at odds with a text on Egyptian Mythology. For me that didn’t fit in at all and distracted.

If you want a very good education on Egypt, there is a full lecture series in the Great Courses (30 hours audible I believe). The mythology there covers everything here plus the historical and cultural contexts.

My other issue is that this book contradicts that lecture series (performed by an actual Egyptologist) and several other sources I read.

It isn’t even worth a free copy, go read Wikipedia you will get a better in depth look on Egyptian myths then this book.

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