Mysterious Lands covers two kinds of encounters. First,
encounters which actually occurred between Egypt and specific foreign
lands, and second, those the Egyptians created by inventing imaginary
Some of the actual foreign lands are mysterious, in that we
know of them only through Egyptian sources, both written and pictorial,
and the actual locations of such lands remain unknown. These encounters
led to reciprocal influences of varying intensity. The Egyptians also
created imaginary lands (pseudo-geographic entities with distinctive
inhabitants and cultures) in order to meet religious, intellectual and
Scholars disagree, sometimes vehemently, about the locations
and cultures of some important but geographically disputed actual
lands. As for imaginary lands, they continually need to be re-explored
as our understanding of Egyptian religion and literature deepens.
Mysterious Lands provides a clear account of this subject and will be a stimulating read for scholars, students or the interested public.
This title is sponsored by Institute of Archaeology, University College London.