When:
Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 6:00p -
7:00p

Where:
(Virtual) Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East
1 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Admission:
FREE

Categories:
History, University, Virtual & Streaming

Event website:
https://hmsc.harvard.edu/performance-ritual

One of the best documented Egyptian rituals—occurring in both cultic and funerary contexts—is known as the Opening of the Mouth ritual. Performing this ritual was believed to animate statues and temples, while also restoring the senses of the deceased, thus ensuring that they could eat, drink, and breathe in the afterlife. Textual and iconographic references to the ritual are found in different time periods, from the Old Kingdom through the Roman Period. In this lecture, Mariam Ayad uses the Opening of the Mouth ritual as a case study to illustrate the power of imagery and the efficacy of the spoken word as performative aspects of Egyptian funerary practice.

Mariam Ayad, Associate Professor of Egyptology, The American University in Cairo, Visiting Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Near Eastern Religions and Research Associate of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program (2020-21), Harvard Divinity School

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Presented by the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East and Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

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29/04/2021 18:00:00 29/04/2021 19:00:00 15 Performance and Ritual in Ancient Egyptian Funerary Practice One of the best documented Egyptian rituals—occurring in both cultic and funerary contexts—is known as the Opening of the Mouth ritual. Performing this ritual was believed to animate statues and te... (Virtual) Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Cambridge, MA 02138 Organizer Organizer e-mail false DD/MM/YYYY Reddit