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This is not an attempt at answering the intriguing question, but might be of interest. I discover here the Egyptian name mastaba. It is said to come from Arabic for bench but that doesn’t explain the original phonetic form. It might just have its source in Sumerian as follows:
MAŠ₂: commonly given as ‘goat’ and ‘sacrificial’ but this Sumerian symbol is very similar to the Egyptian ankh, and infinitely more complex than its given meaning. It refers to enlightenment. I could justify it further, but don’t want to deviate too far from your theme.
TA: questioning, death
BA: without, less, below
in which case, mastaba means the passage of the spirit after death into a state of (obviously unquestioning) enlightenment. That said, it might indicate that the mastaba, with TA at its centre, was the actual place of burial, leaving the pyramid open to being a place of enlightenment without the element of death… ?

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If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 6583 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 01:04
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 876 Eddie Larry 24-Jul-17 02:55
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 1138 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 14:50
The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 787 Eddie Larry 24-Jul-17 23:29
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 586 Thanos5150 25-Jul-17 00:20
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 525 Eddie Larry 25-Jul-17 01:03
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 524 Thanos5150 25-Jul-17 01:30
Re: The Deir el-Bahri cache (DB320) 658 Eddie Larry 25-Jul-17 04:22
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 700 Hanslune 24-Jul-17 04:54
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 707 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 05:32
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 581 MDaines 24-Jul-17 11:04
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 649 Thunderbird 24-Jul-17 15:14
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 521 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 20:37
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 459 M. J. Thomas 24-Jul-17 21:48
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 591 Thunderbird 25-Jul-17 03:35
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 602 Martin Stower 24-Jul-17 20:39
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 693 Thanos5150 24-Jul-17 23:32
Gods do not need tombs 571 Juha 24-Jul-17 20:05
Re: Gods do not need tombs 545 Eddie Larry 24-Jul-17 21:45
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 473 Thanos5150 15-Feb-18 20:35
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 401 Martin Stower 16-Feb-18 12:01
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 348 Thanos5150 16-Feb-18 16:38
a brief summary 334 Warwick 16-Feb-18 22:20
Re: a brief summary 331 cladking 16-Feb-18 22:43
Re: a brief summary 360 Thanos5150 16-Feb-18 22:57
Re: a brief summary 368 Origyptian 17-Feb-18 05:24
Re: a brief summary 357 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 17:12
Re: a brief summary 288 cladking 17-Feb-18 17:42
Re: a brief summary 258 Origyptian 17-Feb-18 17:46
Re: a brief summary 282 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 18:34
Re: a brief summary 312 Warwick 17-Feb-18 23:52
Re: a brief summary 296 Origyptian 18-Feb-18 16:32
Re: a brief summary 290 Martin Stower 18-Feb-18 17:01
Re: a brief summary 322 Warwick 18-Feb-18 18:25
Re: a brief summary 302 M. J. Thomas 17-Feb-18 18:51
Re: a brief summary 331 Warwick 18-Feb-18 18:31
Re: a brief summary 340 M. J. Thomas 18-Feb-18 18:56
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 341 PB Bytes 17-Feb-18 07:05
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 309 Origyptian 17-Feb-18 15:19
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 315 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 17:02
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 324 Mike D 17-Feb-18 12:22
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 356 Morten 17-Feb-18 18:09
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 278 Thanos5150 17-Feb-18 18:41
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 295 sfbey 17-Feb-18 19:19
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 289 PB Bytes 17-Feb-18 20:24
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 300 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:30
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 283 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:31
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 280 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:36
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 287 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:30
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 315 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:34
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 297 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:39
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 296 Morten 17-Feb-18 20:43
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 288 Thanos5150 18-Feb-18 17:22
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 295 sfbey 18-Feb-18 17:41
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 282 PB Bytes 17-Feb-18 20:38
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 317 sfbey 17-Feb-18 20:43
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 293 Thanos5150 18-Feb-18 17:18
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 344 charly 18-Feb-18 10:09
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 290 Origyptian 18-Feb-18 14:00
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 268 cladking 18-Feb-18 14:03
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 632 Thanos5150 19-Feb-18 17:08
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 332 Morten 17-Feb-18 19:25
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 322 Warwick 17-Feb-18 23:59
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 343 Pirone 25-Feb-18 08:37
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 310 Thanos5150 25-Feb-18 17:37
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 338 SandyJesse 25-Feb-18 18:11
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 311 Thanos5150 25-Feb-18 18:20
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 376 SandyJesse 25-Feb-18 20:26
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 428 Pirone 02-Mar-18 19:18
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? ... Thank you 347 SallyA 27-Jun-18 23:24
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 278 Thanos5150 05-Jun-18 02:54
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 297 Eddie Larry 05-Jun-18 03:34
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 237 Warwick 06-Jun-18 16:19
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 266 cladking 06-Jun-18 17:47
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 281 Origyptian 07-Jun-18 03:03
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 256 cladking 07-Jun-18 14:11
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 378 Thunderbird 07-Jun-18 16:00
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 266 eyeofhorus33 07-Jun-18 19:16
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 310 Thunderbird 07-Jun-18 22:00
Re: Awesome links, T Bird, thank you! N.M. 237 SallyA 27-Jun-18 22:58
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 243 cladking 07-Jun-18 19:28
Re: The Pyramid and the Journey 244 SallyA 27-Jun-18 22:05
Re: If Pyramids are not Tombs, then where are the Pharaohs? 268 Thanos5150 07-Jun-18 02:16


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