> Surely at some time you have read a translation or
> version the so called "Egyptian Book of the
> There are lots of gateways or doorways they
> imagined one had to go through in the afterlife
> (Some versons 21 gates).
The problem is that the AE did not just represent doorways but rather an actual building of which actual palace facade buildings have been found. I think it is prudent to separate the meaning of the two as despite the shared palace facade design and funerary context as they appear to symbolize two different things.
> Also many of the ancient
> religions considered there were layers of heavens.
> Lover posted about 7 heavens, but many ancient
> cultures thought so even it leaked/ copied into
> Christianity. ( Note the layers in the design)
Palace facade originates with the Ubaid culture c. 5500-4000BC and was used for over 1,000yrs in Mesopotamia before the formation of the AE Dynastic state. If one wants to understand its original symbolism, if any, they would need to start with the Ubaid which would be largely accomplished by way of the Sumerians.
In the case of the palace facade building the AE's depicted since Dynasty 00; maybe it was just a building.
Its connection in pre/early Dynastic times was not of an overtly funerary context, but that of kingship which by the time of the middle OK and later obviously evolved into something else. From the beginning this building as a rule was associated with Horus who sits above it. Horus is the symbol of the king in life, not death, and was a sky god unrelated to funerary context. So if this building, and by extension palace facade, is connected with Horus in Egypt why would we associate it origins with "heavens", the "afterlife" and the like? The reason some do is because we find it in funerary context from the 4th Dynasty and later in non-royal burials but this is not its origins.
> Also note the 3 figures "Gods?" on the pillars...
> that is replicated in AE and many other cultures.
Those aren't figures.
> What I am suggesting is maybe there is a symbolic
> significance to the patterns rather than a
> specific, longed for, actual building?
But it is an actual building with the "patterns" is it not...?
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 25-Jul-15 02:36 by Thanos5150.