You responded by writing:
It was ritual. No more, no less.
Specifically it was the part of the rituals by which the king ascended to heaven to become a star and a memory and acquired its name. It's how the pyramid became the king himself (Khufu's Horizon).
The Pyramid Texts is quite clear on all of this.
So, let's unpick your understanding and interpretation:
You accept that cremation is a ritual. Good, I agree also that cremation is a ritual.
Your choice of word to define the function of the cremation is fascinating to me, for the precise meaning of this word is as follows: "a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order."
But let's not get hung up on the idea of religious belief because, as we all know from your endless diatribes, there is no word for belief, irrespective of your own acknowledgement here of the physical manifestation of belief in this solemn cultural practice and ceremony.
Let us not get hung up on this trifling either though, for your made another comment which is also worthy of reflection:
the king ascended to heaven to become a star
Now you are indisputably entangled in an articulation of spiritual belief because this is metaphor, poetry, a fantastical way to express the ascension of the life force, energy, matter or soul of the deceased king who is physically burning and turning to smoke. I say indisputable because smoke is not solid matter, it is not static and it does not shine. These highly intelligent builders knew this from their scientific observations of everyday fires: smoke dissipates in the air, it is gaseous in nature and it does not shine at night as a star does. The pyramid builders sat around fires often enough every night, keeping warm, to observe these scientific 'truths'.
So, the AE culture was steeped in the very solemn beliefs which you constantly claim are not a part of their language. The king 'ascended' into 'heaven' and became a 'star'. Listen to yourself!
Of course it was part of their language: it was enacted physically, expressed metaphorically and as your final comment on the matter I asked of your opinion, even you state:
The Pyramid Texts is quite clear on all this.
I agree. See above.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04-Apr-19 19:53 by eyeofhorus33.