Coffin Texts

  • Funerary Customs & Traditions
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

''Coffin Texts'' were an Ancient Egyptian Funerary Custom, beginning in The Intermediate Period (2,181 AD). These were seen as a type of replacement for the earlier Pyramid Texts. Similar, Coffin Texts involved the engraving of specific Prayers and Rites needed for a Pharaoh or Nobility to ''successfully traverse'' The Afterlife. Such inscriptions were placed directly inside the primary receptacle (coffin), on the inside. In addition, images of various Funerary Gods were placed as well. Coffin Texts could be engraved on wood or stone (with stone taking much longer). Some examples were also placed inside various Funeral Masks (worn by the deceased). As stated before, such Prayers were needed to ensure a deceased Ruler could safety make the nightly journey to The Afterlife, and had all required spells and instructions available to Him or Her. Coffin Texts would remain the primary Funerary Ritual until 1,500 BC when the widespread use of The ''Book of The Dead'' was enacted by Priests as the required Ritual.