> "Could you have a simple philosophical discussion
> without words for "belief" and "thought"?"
> within a Culture with an Elemental belief system,
> there is no question of believing in the Divine in
> everything, it is an obvious fact. There is no
> need to think about what something is, if it just
> Hamlet said it best..
> "There are more things in heaven and earth,
> Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
You have no evidence of any sort that "an Elemental belief system" existed. What you have is a book that you believe is magic and religion but nobody agrees on the translation or meaning of any of it. Your belief in "an Elemental belief system" is akin to believing you can understand the past by parsing an alchemical text or understand the 1960's by studying a joke book about elephants leaving footprints in your butter. Unless you can show something in the Pyramid Texts or Coffin Texts is actually understood and know how that is related to the culture at large you are just parsing gobbledygook but you can do neither. You can't even translate these "incantations" with the "book of the dead" from 1000 years later. Egyptology created a bill of goods based on assumptions and bad guesses. You bought into it because you want to understand the culture.
It is you with the narrow view of what is possible and what is not. You believe language must work the way you think and that superstition is powerful. You ignore the way computers "think" and the countless millions dead because of baseless beliefs. You ignore the countless lives wasted building a pile of stones for a man you believe was a god on earth. It wouldn't occur to you that no lives were wasted and great pyramids were built on a lark by a people who couldn't understand you and you might never understand them.