First of all, I am not here to prove ANYTHING. I see my passage through this earthly realm only as an opportunity to learn. Which means I have to ask QUESTIONS.
And I question anything and EVERYTHING. Indeed, I look upon this questioning almost as a vocation, so to speak.
Many folks simply accept what they read without question and especially so if what they read or watch is from peer-reviewed, academic / 'reputable' sources. Fair enough. I have no problem with that. It's their choice and I can respect that.
Alas, not for me, I'm afraid. And I make zero apologies for that outlook / mindset.
I know that many people find my disposition, my constant questioning of accepted dogma difficult to accept. Some folks are simply happy and content to accept what they are told in 'scholarly' books. Afterall, these books are written by scholars who know more about the subject (ancient Egypt) than anyone else--so, SURELY, they must be right in their assertions? Why should anyone ever question them??
Question mark. Question mark.
For me it ALL boils down to ACTUAL EVIDENCE. That is the beginning and the end of it. EVIDENCE.
The academic books tell us these first pyramids were TOMBS and that they were conceived as such.
Okay. So where is the evidence for this? I totally accept that Egyptian pyramids may have been REPURPOSED as tombs although I have no actual evidence for that particular view since--well, since no actual body has ever actually been found in-situ in any of these first pyramids. So even I could be wrong in the REPURPOSE stakes.
Don't get me wrong--there is totally a place for academia and academic studies. I get that. They do immense work in bringing much data into the public domain. But it is their interpretation of data that I often find difficult to come to terms with or reconcile. Often something which is but a theory made by a prominent Egyptologist, in time, morphs into an absolute fact.
Yuuk!!! No thanks!!!!
Give me ACTUAL EVIDENCE / FACTS any and every day of the week.
EoH: I love the idea but the image you have chosen of Osiris is taken from the tomb of Sennedjem, who lived and died during the 19th dynasty
Osiris is, as I am sure you well know, mentioned in the earliest Pyramid Texts from the beginning of the 5th dynasty. By this time Osiris is already a god. It seems to me, and I am guessing here as we all must, that he probably existed long, long before he was ever deified. Let's face it--such things take time.
What did Osiris look like in the early 5th dynasty and/or before then? I have no idea and I don't think it actually matters. I do, however, think it is reasonable to assume that whatever his appearance actually was, this was reflected in depictions of this god by later dynasties. The atef crown of Osiris was, afterall, around with Sahure in the 5th dynasty. He musta got the idea from somewhere, eh, and that idea was passed onwards.
Just a hypothesis, Matt. Nothing more, nothing less. As I said--I am not out to prove anything. But if I can at least get us thinking... well, that'll be a big plus in my book.