My contention is that if the people believed their gods stank to high heaven and squished their toes in corpse dripping then it's logical to assume that people who dragged tombs up ramps often or usually had a foot odor problem.
Then figure they were jammed cheek to jowl in a tiny little builders village and it stands to reason the entire society stank too. Of course deductions such as this could be wrong but I imagine that if they really believed in stinky gods and eyes with a foul odor that they had more need for the Nile than just warm muddy drinking water.
You are laying false premise upon false premise here. You are starting to sound a little unhinged.
I happen to agree more with the foreword in Mercer than the above.
Of course, the reader is asked to plunge into the anterational mindset of these ancient authors, acquainting him or herself as much as possible with the mythical, pre-rational and proto-rational layers of early cognition, clearly devoid of theoretical conceptualization, abstraction or discursive thought.
At first, this may seem bewildering, but in fact the whole edifice comes down to two salvic paths : rebirth (as Osiris) and illumination (as Re).
They are sublimations of the "Great Mother" (or "great goddess") and the "Wise Father" (or "strong bull") archetypes animating family life, and turn up in all religions.
In general terms, these are the Lunar and Solar paths most, if not all, living, luminous creatures walk to survive.
In the Ancient Egyptian anterational way of thinking, continuous regeneration (through darkness) and eternal efficient being (through light) were the two continuous, substantial modes of being.
Schwaller de Lubicz, 1985, p.58.
This was the ancient religion dating back to Zoroaster and which finds its present day form in Kundalini Yoga having its medieval counterpart in Alchemy and Beatific Visions in the Roman Catholic Church.
The cobra on the head of the pharaoh indicates this path of realization. It appears, however, that by the time of Unas, this purely personal form of revelation was usurped by the priesthood. Perhaps some of them were the gurus of the time - necessary to prepare the initiate for the risks involved in finding the way from Darkness to Light.
No different to today. The human condition has remained unchanged. We remain sceptical, for the most part, as to whether, or not, this path to enlightenment actually works.
The Utterances are not for the dead but for the death of the ego/soul which is necessary for union with divine soul after rebirth. Shakti meets Shiva. Jesus and the Bridal Chamber.
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