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This is not an attempt at answering the intriguing question, but might be of interest. I discover here the Egyptian name mastaba. It is said to come from Arabic for bench but that doesn’t explain the original phonetic form. It might just have its source in Sumerian as follows:
MAŠ₂: commonly given as ‘goat’ and ‘sacrificial’ but this Sumerian symbol is very similar to the Egyptian ankh, and infinitely more complex than its given meaning. It refers to enlightenment. I could justify it further, but don’t want to deviate too far from your theme.
TA: questioning, death
BA: without, less, below
in which case, mastaba means the passage of the spirit after death into a state of (obviously unquestioning) enlightenment. That said, it might indicate that the mastaba, with TA at its centre, was the actual place of burial, leaving the pyramid open to being a place of enlightenment without the element of death… ?

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If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 6486 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 01:04
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 860 Eddie Larry 24-Jul-17 02:55
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 1112 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 14:50
The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 766 Eddie Larry 24-Jul-17 23:29
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 568 Thanos5150 25-Jul-17 00:20
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 510 Eddie Larry 25-Jul-17 01:03
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 504 Thanos5150 25-Jul-17 01:30
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 634 Eddie Larry 25-Jul-17 04:22
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 681 Hanslune 24-Jul-17 04:54
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 695 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 05:32
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 559 MDaines 24-Jul-17 11:04
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 620 Thunderbird 24-Jul-17 15:14
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 502 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 20:37
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 444 M. J. Thomas 24-Jul-17 21:48
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 568 Thunderbird 25-Jul-17 03:35
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 579 Martin Stower 24-Jul-17 20:39
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 671 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 23:32
Gods do not need tombs 553 Juha 24-Jul-17 20:05
Re: Gods do not need tombs 524 Eddie Larry 24-Jul-17 21:45
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 458 Thanos5150 15-Feb-18 20:35
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 381 Martin Stower 16-Feb-18 12:01
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 334 Thanos5150 16-Feb-18 16:38
a brief summary 319 Warwick 16-Feb-18 22:20
Re: a brief summary 314 cladking 16-Feb-18 22:43
Re: a brief summary 339 Thanos5150 16-Feb-18 22:57
Re: a brief summary 349 Origyptian 17-Feb-18 05:24
Re: a brief summary 328 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 17:12
Re: a brief summary 265 cladking 17-Feb-18 17:42
Re: a brief summary 243 Origyptian 17-Feb-18 17:46
Re: a brief summary 266 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 18:34
Re: a brief summary 292 Warwick 17-Feb-18 23:52
Re: a brief summary 282 Origyptian 18-Feb-18 16:32
Re: a brief summary 274 Martin Stower 18-Feb-18 17:01
Re: a brief summary 301 Warwick 18-Feb-18 18:25
Re: a brief summary 287 M. J. Thomas 17-Feb-18 18:51
Re: a brief summary 315 Warwick 18-Feb-18 18:31
Re: a brief summary 310 M. J. Thomas 18-Feb-18 18:56
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 321 PB Bytes 17-Feb-18 07:05
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 288 Origyptian 17-Feb-18 15:19
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 294 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 17:02
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 303 Mike D 17-Feb-18 12:22
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 330 Morten 17-Feb-18 18:09
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 264 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 18:41
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 274 sfbey 17-Feb-18 19:19
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 273 PB Bytes 17-Feb-18 20:24
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 279 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:30
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 265 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:31
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 253 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:36
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 265 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:30
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 294 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:34
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 269 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:39
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 273 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:43
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 274 Thanos5150 18-Feb-18 17:22
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 271 sfbey 18-Feb-18 17:41
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 269 PB Bytes 17-Feb-18 20:38
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 302 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:43
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 278 Thanos5150 18-Feb-18 17:18
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 326 charly 18-Feb-18 10:09
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 274 Origyptian 18-Feb-18 14:00
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 253 cladking 18-Feb-18 14:03
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 608 Thanos5150 19-Feb-18 17:08
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 311 Morten 17-Feb-18 19:25
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 303 Warwick 17-Feb-18 23:59
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 325 Pirone 25-Feb-18 08:37
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 283 Thanos5150 25-Feb-18 17:37
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 305 SandyJesse 25-Feb-18 18:11
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 294 Thanos5150 25-Feb-18 18:20
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 348 SandyJesse 25-Feb-18 20:26
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 406 Pirone 02-Mar-18 19:18
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? ... Thank you 321 SallyA 27-Jun-18 23:24
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 257 Thanos5150 05-Jun-18 02:54
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 282 Eddie Larry 05-Jun-18 03:34
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 223 Warwick 06-Jun-18 16:19
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 251 cladking 06-Jun-18 17:47
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 266 Origyptian 07-Jun-18 03:03
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 237 cladking 07-Jun-18 14:11
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 357 Thunderbird 07-Jun-18 16:00
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 253 eyeofhorus33 07-Jun-18 19:16
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 295 Thunderbird 07-Jun-18 22:00
Re: Awesome links, T Bird, thank you! N.M. 215 SallyA 27-Jun-18 22:58
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 221 cladking 07-Jun-18 19:28
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 222 SallyA 27-Jun-18 22:05
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 243 Thanos5150 07-Jun-18 02:16


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