> According to this pyramids were crematoriums, or
> something more complicated ?
There were lots of ceremonies all around the site and over a period of about 12 days. The w3g-festival itself which culminated in the ascension was probably about eight days. The pyramid was the place where the ceremonies took place not the reason for the ceremonies. The ascension itself took place in the funeral pyre on the east side of the pyramid on the top of the first step. The king was already mummified as evidenced by the fact that the fire "freed him from his bandages";
1555a. "Deliver N. from his bandages, which restrain (?) the living, O gods,"
1555b. (is) in the mouth of those who run to them on the good day of running (while running is good).
This must be done on a day when there is ample water to lift the entourage;
1556b. (is) in the mouth of the gods, on the good day of the going upon the mountain.
1557a. (When) inundations are upon the land,
...On a good day of running upon the mountain when inundations are upon the uplands at Giza;
1944a. + 2 (Nt. 777). The time of inundation comes, the wȝg-festival comes, to the uplands, it comes as Osiris.
"Osiris" is the name of the water source and it is "osiris in his name of seker who tows the earth by means of balance". It is seker who sirts in the henu boat and lifts the stones and the entourage who cremates the king so that he can ascend to heaven on the smoke of incense;
365a. A stairway to heaven shall be laid down for him, that he may ascend to heaven thereon;
365b. he ascends on the smoke (incense) of the great censing.
He must be ignited to ascend;
376a. To say: The fire is laid, the fire shines;
376b. the incense is laid on the fire, the incense shines.
376c. Thy fragrance comes to N., O Incense; the fragrance of N. comes to thee, O Incense.
377a. Your fragrance comes to N., O ye gods; the fragrance of N. comes to you, O ye gods.
377b. May N. be with you, O ye gods; may you be with N., O ye gods.
377c. May N. live with you, O ye gods; may you live with N., O ye gods.
> Christianity have
> many connection to ancient Egypt. Perhaps story of
> Jesus reveals something about function of
> pyramids. Jesus was buried in a tomb, he
> resurrected, and ascended to heaven.
It is probable that all western religions derive directly from ancient thought. It is likely that even eastern religions derive indirectly from ancient thought.
The ancients knew a great deal more than they recieve credit for, and they gained that knowledge with science and not through superstition.