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Books of the Dead (Art and Imagination)

Manuals for Living and Dying

Stanislav Grof

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Reveals the arcane art of the afterlife, from Ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica to Tibet, Christian Europe and modern studies of death.


Death and the afterlife have inspired artists for millennia. Books of the Dead presents Ancient Egyptian guides to the underworld, the Bardo Thödol of Tibet on how to embrace enlightenment, the myths and ballgames of Mesoamerica, and the memento mori, hellish tumults and heavenly visions of Christian Europe.

Stanislav Grof explains how the art of ‘dying before dying’ has opened up these fantastic and compelling visions – and explains how modern consciousness research may bring us closer than ever to the realms beyond death.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Edition Type: New Format

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 141

Publication date: 27 August 2013

ISBN: 9780500810583

Contents List

The Ancient Books of the Dead; Manifestation in the Light (Egyptian); Liberation Through Hearing (Tibetan); The Ballgame in the Underworld (Maya); The Mystery of the Plumed Serpent (Nahuatl); The Art of Dying (Christian); The Posthumous Journey of the Soul (Myth and Science); Themes: Egyptian Deities of the ‘First Time’, The Six Realms of Existence, Death, Rebirth and the Maya Underworld, The Ballgame of the Gods, Death and the Strategy of Life, The Visionary Quest, Attitudes to the Human Body, The Scenery and Inhabitants of the Netherworld, Animals of the Beyond, Deities as Models, Transcendence and the Emergence into Light

About the Author

Stanislav Grof is the author of over 20 books on psychiatry and modern consciousness research, including Beyond Death, also published by Thames & Hudson.

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