> To suggest that "Egyptologists have interpreted [the idea of
> cremation of pharaohs] out of existence" is a distortion of the
Oh, no, not at all.
The Pyramid Texts is really quite clear that the pyramid was not the final resting place of the king but was in fact the "instrument of ascension" by which the dead king ascended to his final resting place in the sky. There are literally hundreds of lines to support this contention. The sky was literally called the "grave of the king" in quite unmistakable language but it is reinbterpreted to mean the king flies out of the pyramid at night or somesuch.
Yes. The king was mummified and he was freed from his bandages in the funeral pyre they called the "iskn of heaven" because it was on the instrumebt of ascension from whence the king ascnded on the smoke of incense.
The words that actually survive don't fit the paradigm so must be reinterpreted. It's not impossible their interpretartion is correct but it's really very certain they fly in the face of the literal meaning of what the builders actually said.
There are several threads around on the subject but I can't remember any with a lot of elaboration about the cremation of the king. Certainly Scott Creighton's thread about the pyramid not being a tomb has a reasonably comprehensive treatment about what the pyramid really was and really wasn't.
I guess I never put a comprehensive listing of what the builders actually said about cremation here. I think a new thread would be indicated if there is any interest.
Suffice to say what they actually said consistently supports cremation and nothing really supports burial. There are only a couple lines that can be misinterpreted to support burial. These lines are the result of anthropomorphization of everything including even the cremation of the king which is like the "burial" of a typical man or animal.
The king's mummy was so important that they prortected it by the only means they could; offerring it up to the sky in cremation. This simply fits wityh the real cultural context anyway since the king was responsible for everything in life. in death he protected everyone from his perch among the circumpolar stars. No, not the "imperishables", these were something else.
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