The Book of the Heavenly Cow is one of the ancient Egyptian religious books decorating the walls of the Pharaonic Tombs in Ancient Egypt Civilization | The Destruction of Mankind.
is one of the ancient Egyptian religious books decorating the walls of the tombs of The New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt. A book that indicates that Ra was living on earth, in other words, with the gods on earth, and then there was a rebellion against him because he was getting old and they wanted to kill him. He knew that the life of the earth is mortal, so he decided to ascend to heaven.
The Book of the Heavenly Cow
We are not sure when the book was created and putting in mind it was found in Tutankhamun’s tomb for the first time, so most probably it was created in Amarna Period. The origin of the book dates back to the Pyramids texts but like the other books, the ideas were developed. The book was not used anymore after the New Kingdom.
The Book of the Heavenly cow was found in Tutankhamun’s tomb, Seti I tomb, and Ramesses III.tomb. Edouard Naville published a copy of Seti I Book of the Heavenly cow in French then he added the English translation in 1876. And the German translation was published by Heinrich Brugsch in 1885.
Where does the Book of the Heavenly cow find?
This book appeared to cover the outmost wooden gilded shrine of Tutankhamun in KV 62
In one of the side rooms of Seti I(KV17)
Tomb of king Ramesses II (KV 7), and Rameses III (KV 11)
the book was found on Papyrus Ramesses VI (KV 9)
The division of the Book
The book is not divided in itself but historians divided the book according to separate actions into 5 sections
- The Destruction of Mankind is the most important part of a mythological composition entitled
- Withdrawal of Ra
- The Heavenly Cow
- New World Order
- Magic of Nut and Ra