> 414a. N. is as that which dawns, which dawns,
> which endures, which endures.
> 414b. The doers of evil shall not be able to
> 414c. the favourite place of N. among the living
> in this land for ever and ever.
It's truly remarkable how I can read a line 1000 times and then it suddenly makes sense to me. Ritual #690 was already one of those which I understood best but there were a couple lines that wouldn't resolve themselves until now;
2100a. O N., Horus has woven his tent over thy head;
2100b. Set has stretched out thy canopy;
2100c. be enclosed, O father, by the divine tent; thou art brought there in thy beloved places.
2101a. O N., Horus comes to thee provided with his souls
The dead king's "beloved places" are obviously the pyramid and its surroundings but calling the mehet weret cow a canopy always seemed like a sort of metaphor and the Egyptians used no metaphor or symbolism (per se).
These lines just mean exactly what they always appeared to me to mean! Horus (Lord of the Land of Rainbows) wove the stones into a pyramid above the dead king and set (puddled water) built the canopy (mehet weret) by the use of his weight in the 3nw-boat (henu boat). It is this "canopy" that is always the first thing constructed on a pyramid and then the east side.
What was throwing me was forgetting the function of a canopy. It protects one from falling objects, insects, rain and the like. Part of nut's job was to protect the well from debris. To the degree that the pyramid is a tent woven as the king, the mehet weret which channeled the celestial waters was a canopy.
This may still smack as metaphor to the modern ear but it was Ancient Language that simply took any perspective desired by the speaker. If he wants to describe the pyramid as a literal tent being literally woven by horus then set's place is literally the mehet weret and a canopy. Some things were central to the focus of their thoughts (mental processes). These things were the river, boats, tents (living places), food, time, and emotions. These things are often the perspective from which utterances were made.
These rituals are much more "beautiful" when you understand them.
The pyramid is a "tent" in which the king "lives" as a mnemonic forever and ever.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08-Nov-18 21:18 by cladking.