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Title: Egyptian religion

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Undated

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00198

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the marginalia and annotations, see our statement of editorial policy.

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Egyptian religion


existing in nascence or developement through many thousand years five, or ten, or perhaps even twice ten thousand years


The central idea seems to have been the wonderfulness and divinity of Life,. exemplified in any object, a The be beetle, a the bull, athe snipe were divine in that they exemplified the inexplicable mystery of life.—It was a pro‑
found and exquisite religion


existing through several thousand years— certainly th two thousand —very likely several more


Central idea, a combination of Love, Intellect, and the Esthetic, (the beautiful and harmonious,)—A rRefined perceptions, the presence of perfect human bodies, the climate, the singular developed peculiar adhesiveness ^or friendship of the people, all are in the Greek mythology



The most ethereal and elevated Spirituality—this seems to be the what subordinates all the rest—The soul—the spirit— rising in vagueness—

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