> But that is only the beginning. Sadly, none of it
> compels me to waste more time commenting. The
> point of this thread remains steadfast: Mercer is
> not the best source, so by extension, any attempt
> to (re-)translate the Pyramid Texts by merely
> drawing from Mercer instead of the original
> hieroglyphs triples down on the extraction of
> errors. By continuing to think such a method is
> pure is most assuredly misguided.
...let he who is without sin...
Egyptology simply continues to eat its own. Any sin can get one excommunicated just like Budge or Mercer. Of course Mercer isn't the epitome of scholarship in the Egyptian language and he never claimed to be. He merely attempted to make the BEST POSSIBLE English translation of the PT and he obviously succeeded. It may not be obvious to those who haven't studied the literal meaning of the glyphs and their translations but it is to me.
Egyptology began this work right from Masperro of turning this work into the book of the dead. You can see this and its evolution quite clearly in every translation of the PT. Words that were used a single time in the PT are translated and assigned the exact same meaning they had in the book of the dead. This is what I call deadifying the PT. They have force fit concepts that didn't exist when the PT were written into their interpretation. They have turned a book based on life and science into one based in death and superstition. They are blind to the fact that the words in the PT relate to life and not to death. Even after they incorrectly translate many words about life into death it still is obviously not a book about death. It is the rituals read at the kings' ascension ceremonies where they become an "imperishable star" a mnemonic such that they can live forever but Egyptologists learned everything they know from tombs so they see death. They see a mummy rotting in its tomb while priests dance in the corpse dripping and their superstitions has the king flying about at night like some mummy vampire.
The PT is NOT the book of the dead and if anyone wants to see author intent I strongly recommend they use Mercer's version and not the claptrap that was done later.
Work on the PT isn't "progress" it is force fitting it to support Egyptological opinion. Ironically it still doesn't fit their opinion so this process may last forever.