> Which government department might this represent?...
> Here we have several governmental departments
> otherwise known as Pepe I, Menkaure, Khufu, and
> Khafre on one relief: (6th Dynasty Mastaba of Qar)...
> Another with multiple cartouches of Khufu Electric...
> Here we have the rock cut 4th Dynasty tomb of Debhen...
I'm curious what you think it means to have a cartouche of Sneferu anywhere near a pyramid? Do you think it's contemporaneous to the construction of the pyramid and that the stele helps to confirm the notion that a solitary, living human named "Sneferu" had full responsibility in the construction of Meidum, Bent, and Red? Really?
I am simply not so convinced that's what we're looking at. And so I'm exploring other possibilities.
I believe it's quite possible that we are looking at multiple layers of different cultures. From our standpoint millennia later, we blur them all into a single frankensteinian construct that may represent an 'average' of those cultures but which doesn't at all describe any one of them in detail. A Kings List created a millennium after the fact is problematic and may incorporate any number of distorted legends about the past. Multiple kings lists with discrepancies between them only amplifies the tenuous nature of such lists. Who created those stele, and how real (e.g., vs. funerary) were the subjects of those narratives? Billing contends that narratives found within a funerary context are not describing the physical world but, rather, describe the afterlife.
Was there really an actual, singular, living, breathing guy named "Noah" who built a single ark that housed a pair of each animal on earth to start land animal life on earth all over again after a 40 day rain? Was there really a singular living human named "Eve" or "Adam"? Was there really a singular living King named Khufu or Sneferu? How is it possible in the real world for a single human named "Sneferu" to accomplish anything remotely close to what has been attributed to him? We must get past these absurd presumptions before we can even start to understand what really happened back then.
And so you showed me an engraving of what you think represents a real human named "Sneferu". Here's a drawing of a guy named Uncle Sam. Sam looks more realistic than Sneferu. For that matter, thus guy allegedly knows whether you've been bad or good. Meanwhile, Menkaure is "kind", and Uncle Sam "wants you".
However, none of that is proof that any of them were real, warm-blooded, living humans in the physical world.
The fact that you seem to accept the traditional dating of those slabs and take the translations literally to apply to the physical world makes this discussion a non-starter, at least for me. But thank you for the thoughtful post.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 20-Jun-16 21:29 by Origyptian.