Philosophy as a Rite of Rebirth: From Ancient Egypt to Neoplatonism – Review

by Algis Uždavinys

Philosophy as a Rite of Rebirth: From Ancient Egypt to Neoplatonism by Algis Uždavinys

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book is a must read for anyone….with enough background knowledge to catch the nuances and orienteer around. First things first, one needs to believe in a transcendent reality, even if ‘virtually’ and ‘as a test’, otherwise the excercise is futile, second, one needs in good faith to build his structural theology in order to grasp the manifold topics that Mr. Uzdavinys touched. Preferentially the theological structure should be in place earlier, so basic knowledge of some Egyptian theologies (Egyptian Book of the Dead, Anthologies of Literature) and neoplatonic writings (especially Iamblichus and Apuleius – the Isiac part) should be read beforehand. Otherwise one might lose the thread and lose interest in a great and contentful book that it is. My goal is not to detract anyone from reading this great work, but to support him before he or she dives into deep waters offered by Mr. Uzdavinys. The synthesis is a definite compendium for anyone interested in the theological elucidations of various Egyptian theologies (Memphite, Theban, Heliopolitan, Hermopolitan), it should be of interest to Khemetist magicians in dialogue with platonism, neo-platonism and theurgy. Tonnes of research and a commitment to truth and wisdom! I found it a general survey of well-proportioned theological concepts of ancient provenance that I will most definitely return to! It contains a handy glossary at the end with most of the used concepts explained succintly. Highly recommended!



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