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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? 6277 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 01:04
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 839 Eddie Larry 24-Jul-17 02:55
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 1041 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 14:50
The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 727 Eddie Larry 24-Jul-17 23:29
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 538 Thanos5150 25-Jul-17 00:20
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 489 Eddie Larry 25-Jul-17 01:03
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 475 Thanos5150 25-Jul-17 01:30
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 600 Eddie Larry 25-Jul-17 04:22
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 655 Hanslune 24-Jul-17 04:54
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 646 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 05:32
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 538 MDaines 24-Jul-17 11:04
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 597 Thunderbird 24-Jul-17 15:14
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 479 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 20:37
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 424 M. J. Thomas 24-Jul-17 21:48
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 547 Thunderbird 25-Jul-17 03:35
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 547 Martin Stower 24-Jul-17 20:39
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 638 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 23:32
Gods do not need tombs 517 Juha 24-Jul-17 20:05
Re: Gods do not need tombs 496 Eddie Larry 24-Jul-17 21:45
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 429 Thanos5150 15-Feb-18 20:35
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 351 Martin Stower 16-Feb-18 12:01
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 308 Thanos5150 16-Feb-18 16:38
a brief summary 299 Warwick 16-Feb-18 22:20
Re: a brief summary 286 cladking 16-Feb-18 22:43
Re: a brief summary 316 Thanos5150 16-Feb-18 22:57
Re: a brief summary 326 Origyptian 17-Feb-18 05:24
Re: a brief summary 288 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 17:12
Re: a brief summary 243 cladking 17-Feb-18 17:42
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Re: a brief summary 247 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 18:34
Re: a brief summary 271 Warwick 17-Feb-18 23:52
Re: a brief summary 264 Origyptian 18-Feb-18 16:32
Re: a brief summary 253 Martin Stower 18-Feb-18 17:01
Re: a brief summary 276 Warwick 18-Feb-18 18:25
Re: a brief summary 262 M. J. Thomas 17-Feb-18 18:51
Re: a brief summary 296 Warwick 18-Feb-18 18:31
Re: a brief summary 292 M. J. Thomas 18-Feb-18 18:56
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 301 Poster Boy 17-Feb-18 07:05
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 270 Origyptian 17-Feb-18 15:19
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 268 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 17:02
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 282 Mike D 17-Feb-18 12:22
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 294 Morten 17-Feb-18 18:09
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 241 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 18:41
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 253 sfbey 17-Feb-18 19:19
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 249 Poster Boy 17-Feb-18 20:24
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 257 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:30
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 245 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:31
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 228 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:36
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 242 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:30
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 270 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:34
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 251 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:39
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 250 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:43
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 258 Thanos5150 18-Feb-18 17:22
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 249 sfbey 18-Feb-18 17:41
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 250 Poster Boy 17-Feb-18 20:38
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 282 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:43
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 260 Thanos5150 18-Feb-18 17:18
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 299 charly 18-Feb-18 10:09
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 256 Origyptian 18-Feb-18 14:00
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 236 cladking 18-Feb-18 14:03
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 538 Thanos5150 19-Feb-18 17:08
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 284 Morten 17-Feb-18 19:25
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 272 Warwick 17-Feb-18 23:59
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 288 Pirone 25-Feb-18 08:37
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 259 Thanos5150 25-Feb-18 17:37
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 284 SandyJesse 25-Feb-18 18:11
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 271 Thanos5150 25-Feb-18 18:20
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 327 SandyJesse 25-Feb-18 20:26
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 381 Pirone 02-Mar-18 19:18
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? ... Thank you 297 SallyA 27-Jun-18 23:24
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 231 Thanos5150 05-Jun-18 02:54
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 262 Eddie Larry 05-Jun-18 03:34
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 207 Warwick 06-Jun-18 16:19
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 232 cladking 06-Jun-18 17:47
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 230 Origyptian 07-Jun-18 03:03
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 219 cladking 07-Jun-18 14:11
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 332 Thunderbird 07-Jun-18 16:00
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 229 eyeofhorus33 07-Jun-18 19:16
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 275 Thunderbird 07-Jun-18 22:00
Re: Awesome links, T Bird, thank you! N.M. 198 SallyA 27-Jun-18 22:58
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 204 cladking 07-Jun-18 19:28
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 202 SallyA 27-Jun-18 22:05
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 226 Thanos5150 07-Jun-18 02:16


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