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By Christopher Eyre

The Cannibal Hymn kinds a self-standing episode within the ritual anthology that makes up the Pyramid Texts, first showing within the tomb of Unas on the finish of the 5th Dynasty. Its kind and structure are attribute of the oral-recitational poetry of pharaonic Egypt, marked via allusive metaphor and the exploitation of wordplay and homophony in its verbal game of a butchery ritual. Christopher Eyre examines the textual content of the Cannibal Hymn in its performative and cultural context: the precise mythologization of the sacrificial approach during this hymn poses key questions about the character of rites of passage and rituals of sacrifice in Egypt, and specifically concerning the mobilization of oral accompaniment to ritual actions.

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