The Book of the Dead – Papyrus of Ani


Plate 28

Plate 28

CHAPTER 84

(1) THE CHAPTER OF CHANGING INTO A HERON. Saith Osiris, the scribe Ani: (2) “I have gotten dominion over the beasts which are brought for sacrifice, with the knife held at their heads and their hair, (3) for those who dwell in their emerald [fields], the ancient and the shining ones who make ready (4) the hour of Osiris Ani, triumphant in peace. He maketh slaughter upon earth, and I make slaughter upon earth. I am strong, and I have passed along the (5) lofty path [which leadeth] unto heaven. I have made myself pure, with long strides I have gone unto my city, holding on my way to Sepu (?). (6) I have stablished [the one who is] in Unnu. I have set the gods upon their places, and I have made glorious the temples of those who live in their shrines. (7) I know the goddess Nut, I know the god Tatunen, I know Teshert, I have brought with me their horns. I know (8) Heka, I have heard his words, I am the red calf which is limned with the pen. When they hear [my words], the gods say: (9) ‘Let us bow down our faces, and let him come unto us; the light shineth beyond you.’ My hour is within my body. (10) I have not spoken [evil] in the place of right and truth, and each day I advance in right and truth. I am shrouded in darkness when I sail up to celebrate the festival of the (11) dead one, and to embalm the Aged one, the guardian of the earth—I the Osiris, the scribe Ani, triumphant! I have not entered into (12) the hiding places of the starry deities. I have ascribed glory unto Osiris. I have pacified the heart of the gods who follow after him. I have not felt fear (13) Of those who cause terror, even those who dwell in their own lands. Behold, I am exalted (14) upon [my] resting place upon my throne. I am Nu, and I shall never be overthrown by the Evil-doer. I am the god Shu (15) who sprang from unformed matter. My soul is god; my soul is eternity. I am the creator of darkness, and I (16) appoint unto it a resting place in the uttermost parts of heaven. I am the prince of eternity, I am the exalted one [in] Nebu. I grow young in [my] city, (17) I grow young in my homestead. My name is ‘Never-failing.’ My name is ‘Soul, Creator of Nu, who maketh (18) his abode in the underworld.’ My nest is not seen, and I have not broken my egg. I am lord of millions of years I have made my nest (19) in the uttermost parts of heaven. I have come down unto the earth of Seb. I have done away with my faults. I have seen my father (20) as the lord of Shautat. As concerning Osiris Ani, may his body dwell in Annu; may it be manifested unto those who are with the Shining One in the place of burial in Amenta….”


CHAPTER 81A

(1) [THE CHAPTER OF] CHANGING INTO A LOTUS. Saith Osiris Ani: “I am the (2) pure lotus which cometh forth from the god of light, the guardian of the nostrils of Ra, the guardian (3) of the nose of Hathor. I advance and I hasten (4) after him who is Horus. I am, the pure one who cometh forth from the field.”


CHAPTER 80

(1) [THE CHAPTER OF] CHANGING INTO THE GOD WHO GIVETH LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS. Saith Osiris, the scribe Ani, triumphant: I am (2) the girdle of the robe of the god Nu, which shineth and sheddeth light, which abideth in his presence and sendeth forth light into the darkness, which knitteth together the two fighters (3) who live in my body through the mighty spell of the words of my mouth, which raiseth up him that hath fallen–for (4) he who was with him in the valley of Abtu hath fallen–and I rest. I have remembered him. (5) I have carried away the god Hu from my city wherein I found him, (6) and I have led away the darkness captive by my might. I have upheld the Eye [of the Sun] when its power waned (7) at the coming of the festival of the, fifteenth day, and I have weighed Sut in the heavenly mansions beside the Aged one who is with him. I have endowed (8) Thoth in the House of the Moon-god with all that is needful for the coming of the festival of the fifteenth day. I have carried off the ureret crown; right and truth are in my body. (9) The months are of emerald and crystal. My homestead is among the sapphire furrows. (10) I am the lady who sheddeth light in darkness. I have come to give forth light in darkness, and lo! it is lightened and made bright. I have illumined the blackness (11) and I have overthrown the destroyers. I have made obeisance unto those who are in darkness, and I have raised up (12) those who wept and who had bidden their faces and had sunk down. Then did they look upon me. I am the Lady, and I will not let you hear concerning me.”



Plate 29

Plate 29


CHAPTER 175

(1) THE CHAPTER OF NOT DYING A SECOND TIME. Saith Osiris Ani, triumphant: “(2) Hail, Thoth! What is it that hath happened unto the holy children of Nut? (3) They have done battle, they have upheld strife, they have done evil, (4) they have created the fiends, they have made slaughter, they have caused (5) trouble; in truth, in all their doings the mighty have worked against the weak. (6) Grant, O might of Thoth, that that which the god Tmu hath decreed [may be done]! And thou regardest not evil, nor art thou (7) provoked to anger when they bring their years to confusion and throng in and push to disturb their months; for in all that they have done (8) unto thee they have worked iniquity in secret. I am thy writing palette, O Thoth, and I have brought unto thee thine ink jar. I am not (9) of those who work iniquity in their secret places; let not evil happen unto me.”

Saith Osiris, the scribe Ani: (10) “Hail, Tmu! What manner [of land] is this into which I have come? It hath not water, it hath not air; it is deep unfathomable, (11) it is black as the blackest night, and men wander helplessly therein. In it a man may not live in quietness of heart; nor may the longings of love be satisfied therein. (12) But let the state of the shining ones be given unto me for water and for air and for the satisfying of the longings of love, and let quietness of heart be given unto me for bread (13) and for ale. The god Tmu hath decreed that I shall see his face, and that I shall not suffer from the things which pain him. May the gods hand on (14) their thrones for millions of years. Thy throne hath descended unto thy son Horus. The god Tmu hath decreed that his course shall be among the holy princes. (15) In truth, he shall rule over thy throne, and he shall be heir of the throne of the dweller in the Lake of Fire. It hath been decreed that in me he shall see his likeness, and that (16) my face shall look upon the lord Tmu. How long then have I to live? It is decreed that thou shalt live for millions of millions of years, a life of millions of years. (17) May it be granted that I pass on unto the holy princes, for I am doing away with all that I did when this earth came into being from Nu (18), and when it sprang from the watery abyss even as it was in the days of old. I am Fate (?) and Osiris, and I have changed my form into the likeness of divers serpents (19). Man knoweth not, and the gods cannot see, the two-fold beauty which I have made for Osiris, who is greater than all the gods. I have granted that he [shall rule] in the mount of the dead (20). Verily his son Horus is seated upon the throne of the dweller in the double Lake of Fire, as his heir. I have set his throne in (21) the boat of millions of years. Horus is established upon his throne, amid the friends [of Osiris] and all that belonged unto him. Verily the soul of Sut, which (22) is greater than all the gods, hath departed to [Amenta]. May it be granted that I bind his soul in the divine boat (23) at my will …. O my Osiris, thou hast done for me that which thy father Ra did for thee. May I abide upon the earth lastingly; (24) may I keep possession of my throne; may my heir be strong; may my tomb and my friends who are upon earth flourish; (25) may my enemies be given over to destruction and to the shackles of the goddess Serq! I am thy son, and Ra is my father (26). For me likewise hast thou made life, strength and health. Horus is established upon his throne. Grant that the days of my life may come unto worship and honour.”



Plate 30

Plate 30

CHAPTER 125

(1) THE CHAPTER OF ENTERING INTO THE HALL OF DOUBLE RIGHT AND TRUTH: A HYMN OF PRAISE TO OSIRIS, THE DWELLER IN AMENTET. Osiris, the scribe Ani, triumphant, saith: (2) “I have come and I have drawn nigh to see thy beauties; my two hands are raised in adoration of thy name Right and Truth. I have drawn nigh unto the place where the acacia tree groweth not, (3) where the tree thick with leaves existeth not, and where the ground yieldeth neither herb nor grass. And I have entered in unto the place of secret and hidden things, (4) 1 have held converse with the god Sut …. Osiris, the scribe Ani, hath entered into the House of Osiris, and he hath seen the hidden (5) and secret things which are therein. The holy rulers of the pylons are in the form of shining ones. (6) Anubis spake unto him with the speech of man when he came from Ta-mera, saying, ‘He knoweth our paths and our cities, I have been pacified, (7) and the smell of him is to me even as the smell of one of you.'”

Ani saith unto him: “I am Osiris, the scribe Ani, triumphant in peace, triumphant! (8) I have drawn nigh to behold the great gods, and I feed upon the meals of sacrifice whereon their kas feed. I have been to the boundaries [of the lands] (9) of the Ram, the lord of Tattu, and he hath granted that I may come forth as a bennu bird and that I may have the power of speech. I have passed through the river-flood. I have made (10) offerings with incense. I have made my way by the side of the thick-leaved tree of the children (?). I have been in Abtu in the House of Satet. (11) I have flooded and I have sunk the boat of my enemies. I have sailed forth upon the Lake in the neshem boat. I have seen the noble (12) ones of Kam-ur. I have been in Tattu, and I have constrained myself to silence. I have set the divine Form upon his two feet. (13) I have been with the god Pa-tep-tu-f, and I have seen the dweller in the Holy Temple. I have entered into the House (14) Of Osiris, and I have arrayed myself in the apparel of him who is therein. I have entered into Re-stau, and I have beheld the hidden things (15) which are therein. I have been swathed, but I found for myself a thoroughfare. I have entered into An-aarut-f, and I have clothed my body with the apparel (16) which is therein. The antu unguent of women hath been given unto me …. Verily, Sut spake unto me (17) the things which concern himself, and I said, I Let the thought of the trial of the balance by thee be even within our hearts.'”

The majesty of the god Anubis saith: (18) “Dost thou know the name of this door to declare it unto me?” Osiris, the scribe Ani, triumphant, (19) triumphant in peace, saith: “‘Driven away of Shu’ is the name of this (20) door.” Saith the majesty of the god Anubis: (21) “Dost thou know the name of the upper (22) leaf and of the lower leaf thereof?” [Osiris, the scribe Ani, triumphant in peace saith]:”‘ Lord of right and truth, [standing] (23) upon his ‘two feet’ is the name of the upper (24) leaf, and ‘Lord of might and power, dispenser of (25) cattle’ [is the name of the lower leaf].” [The majesty of the god Anubis saith]: “Pass thou, for thou knowest [the names] (26), O Osiris, the scribe, teller (27) of the divine offerings of all the gods of Thebes, Ani, triumphant, lord to be revered.”



Plate 31

Plate 31

CHAPTER 125 (CONTINUED, ALSO KNOWN AS ‘THE NEGATIVE CONFESSION’)

  1. Ani saith: “Hail, thou whose strides are long, who comest forth from Annu, I have not done iniquity.”
  2. “Hail, thou who art embraced by flame, who comest forth from Kheraba, I have not robbed with violence.”
  3. “Hail, Fentiu, who comest forth from Khemennu, I have not stolen.”
  4. “Hail, Devourer of the Shade, who comest forth from Qernet, I have done no murder; I have done no harm.”
  5. “Hail, Nehau, who comest forth from Re-stau, I have not defrauded offerings.”
  6. “Hail, god in the form of two lions, who comest forth from heaven, I have not minished oblations.”
  7. “Hail, thou whose eyes are of fire, who comest forth from Saut, I have not plundered the god.”
  8. “Hail, thou Flame, which comest and goest, I have spoken no lies.”
  9. “Hail, Crusher of bones, who comest forth from Suten-henen, I have not snatched away food.”
  10. “Hail, thou who shootest forth the Flame, who comest forth from Het-Ptah-ka, I have not caused pain.”
  11. “Hall, Qerer, who comest forth from Amentet, I have not committed fornication.”
  12. “Hail, thou whose face is turned back, who comest forth from thy hiding place, I have not caused shedding of tears.”
  13. “Hail, Bast, who comest forth from the secret place, I have not dealt deceitfully.”
  14. “Hail, thou whose legs are of fire, who comest forth out of the darkness, I have not transgressed.”
  15. “Hail, Devourer of Blood, who comest forth from the block of slaughter, I have not acted guilefully.”
  16. “Hail, Devourer of the inward parts, who comest forth from Mabet, I have not laid waste the ploughed land.”
  17. “Hail, Lord of Right and Truth, who comest forth from the city of Right and Truth, I have not been an eavesdropper.”
  18. “Hail, thou who dost stride backwards, who comest forth from the city of Bast, I have not set my lips in motion [against any man].”
  19. “Hail, Sertiu, who comest forth from Annu, I have not been angry and wrathful except for a just cause.”
  20. “Hail, thou. being of two-fold wickedness, who comest forth from Ati (?) I have not defiled the wife of any man.”
  21. “Hail, thou two-headed serpent, who comest forth from the torture-chamber, I have not defiled the wife of any man.”
  22. “Hail, thou who dost regard what is brought unto thee, who comest forth from Pa-Amsu, I have not polluted myself.”
  23. “Hail, thou Chief of the mighty, who comest forth from Amentet, I have not caused terror.”
  24. “Hail, thou Destroyer, who comest forth from Kesiu, I have not transgressed.”
  25. “Hail, thou who orderest speech, who comest forth from Urit, I have not burned with rage.”
  26. “Hail, thou Babe, who comest forth from Uab, I have not stopped my ears against the words of Right and Truth.”
  27. “Hail, Kenemti, who comest forth from Kenemet, I have not worked grief”
  28. “Hail, thou who bringest thy offering, I have not acted with insolence.”
  29. “Hail, thou who orderest speech, who comest forth from Unaset, I have not stirred up strife.”
  30. “Hail, Lord of faces, who comest forth from Netchfet, I have not judged hastily.”
  31. “Hail, Sekheriu, who comest forth from Utten, I have not been an eavesdropper.”
  32. “Hail, Lord of the two horns, who comest forth from Saïs, I have not multiplied words exceedingly.”
  33. “Hail, Nefer-Tmu, who comest forth from Het-Ptah-ka, I have done neither harm nor ill.”


Plate 32

Plate 32

CHAPTER 125 (CONTINUED, ALSO KNOWN AS ‘THE NEGATIVE CONFESSION’)

  1. “Hail, Tmu in thine hour, who comest forth from Tattu, I have never cursed the king.”
  2. “Hail, thou who workest with thy will, who comest forth from Tebu, I have never fouled the water.”
  3. “Hail, thou bearer of the sistrum, who comest forth from Nu, I have not spoken scornfully.”
  4. “Hail, thou who makest mankind to flourish, who comest forth from Saïs, I have never cursed God.”
  5. “Flail, Neheb-ka, who comest forth from thy hiding place, I have not stolen.”
  6. “Hail, Neheb-nefert, who comest forth from thy hiding place, I have not defrauded the offerings of the gods.”
  7. “Hail, thou who dost set in order the head, who comest forth from thy shrine, I have not plundered the offerings to the blessed dead.”
  8. “Hail, thou who bringest thy arm, who comest forth from the city of Maati, I have not filched the food of the infant, neither have I sinned against the god of my native town.”
  9. “Hail, thou whose teeth are white, why comest forth from Ta-she, I have not slaughtered with evil intent the cattle of the god.”
  1. The hair of Osiris Ani, triumphant, is the hair of Nu.
  2. The face of Osiris, the scribe Ani, is the face of Ra.
  3. The eyes of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the eyes of Hathor.
  4. The ears of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the ears of Ap-uat.
  5. The lips of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the lips of Anpu.
  6. The teeth of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the teeth of Serqet.
  7. The neck of Osiris Ani, triumphant, is the neck of Isis.
  8. The hands of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the hands of the Ram, the lord of Tattu.
  9. The shoulder of Osiris Ani, triumphant, is the shoulder of Uatchit.
  10. The throat of Osiris Ani, triumphant, is the. blood of Mert.
  11. The fore-arms of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the fore-arms of the lady of Sais.
  12. The backbone of Osiris Ani, triumphant, is the backbone of Sut.
  13. The chest of Osiris Ani, triumphant, is the chest of the lords of Kher-aba.
  14. The flesh of Osiris Ani, triumphant, is the flesh of the Mighty One of terror.
  15. The reins and back of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the reins and back of Sekhet.
  16. The buttocks of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the buttocks of the Eye of Horus.
  17. The privy member of Osiris Ani, triumphant, is the privy member of Osiris.
  18. The legs of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the legs of Nut.
  19. The feet of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the feet of Ptah.
  20. The fingers of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the fingers of Saah (Orion).
  21. The leg-bones of Osiris Ani, triumphant, are the leg-bones of the living uræi.

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