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« Bienvenue ! » (Ptahhotep, maxime 22)
Répartition des biens et salut individuel

Abstract : Understanding the role played by the « Welcome » formula jj.wj (m Ìtp) in a funerary context, first during the funeral, then in the cult of the dead, allows a new interpretation of Ptahhotep, maxim 22. In accordance with the well-known maât ideology, generosity towards the familiar circle appears to be conceived of less as a personal quality deserving their affection than as a way of equally redistributing resources. Acting in conformity with it makes one able to claim presence and support from those who are indebted to him at the crucial moment of entering the hereafter, later repeated in the cult of the dead. Expressing their gratitude, in particular by welcoming him, helps him go his way. Monopolizing goods prevents one from this resource, more valuable than material offering.
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Elsa Oréal. « Bienvenue ! » (Ptahhotep, maxime 22)
Répartition des biens et salut individuel. Revue d'egyptologie, Peeters Publishers, 2008, 59, pp.241-262. ⟨halshs-00329029⟩



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