> Horapollo was very explicit about this. He said
> the ancients believed water came right up from
> under the ground. Indeed, this also seems quite
> explicit in the Pyramid Texts as well. "Nun" was
> the "god" or "phenomenon of" water under the
> earth; he was the waters of the abyss. We simply
> refuse to take any of this literally. We think if
> Nun was a God then since "Gods" are obviously
> imaginary consciousnesses then it follows that num
> and the waters of the abyss are therefore
> imaginary. Besides everything was in reference to
> the afterlife so the waters of the abyss would
> have existed only in the afterlife according to
> our thinking.
> But the reality is there are two huge aquifers
> under Giza and there are caves up to a mile and a
> half deep. "Giza" meant "Mouth of Caves" so the
> question of where the water that did exist on the
> pyramid pavement originated is may be solved. The
> question of how they built the pyramid has already
> been solved (Stones were pulled up one step at a
> time). Now we just need some way to put two and
> two together. What caused the water to come out
> of the caves?
> Maybe every ancient author had everything just
> about right and we are the ones who are mistaken.
> We have enough trouble dragging stones downhill.
> Uphill is a great deal harder.
Sadly enough this won't be addressed nor challenged. I've posted most of this before and it was ignored. People just figure if it's old it's nonsense and if Petrie or Reisner wrote it then it must be gospel. But the ancient were always basically right where we are always basically wrong.
To signify the rising of the Nile, which they call in the
[paragraph continues]Egyptian language NOUN, and which, when interpreted, signifies New, they sometimes pourtray a LION, and sometimes THREE LARGE WATERPOTS, and at other times HEAVEN AND EARTH GUSHING FORTH WITH WATER. And they depict a LION, because when the sun is in Leo it augments the rising of the Nile, so that oftentimes while the sun remains in that sign of the zodiac, half of the new water [Noun, the entire inundation?] is supplied; and hence it is, that those who anciently presided over the sacred works, have made the spouts [?] and passages of the sacred fountains in the form of lions. 1
[paragraph continues]Wherefore, even to this day in prayer for an abundant inundation - - - - - - - - - And they depict THREE WATERPOTS, or HEAVEN AND EARTH GUSHING FORTH WITH WATER, because they make a waterpot like a heart having a tongue,—like a heart, because in their opinion the heart is the ruling member of the body, as the Nile is the ruler of Egypt, and like [a heart with?] a tongue, because it is always in a state of humidity, and they call it the producer of existence. And they depict three waterpots, and neither more nor less, because according to them there is a triple cause of the inundation. And they depict one for the Egyptian soil, as being of itself productive of water; and another for the ocean, for at the period of the inundation,
water flows up from it into Egypt; and the third to symbolise the rains which prevail in the southern parts of Ethiopia at the time of the rising of the Nile. Now that Egypt generates the water, we may deduce from this, that in the rest of the earth the inundations of the rivers take place in the winter, and are caused by frequent rains; but the country of the Egyptians alone, inasmuch as it is situated in the middle of the habitable world, like that part of the eye, which is called the pupil, of itself causes the rising of the Nile in summer.
They believed the water in the nile came from water coming out of the ground because much of the water didn't flow down river but took an underground route. The water always flowed under Giza and just to the north in the Ur Nile but in the summer starting on the epegomenal days it also flowed up out of caves and fissures all over Egypt. They called this time "high Nile" but they called the water "on the uplands", "the inundation". Where it came out of the ground was "the eye of horus" if you can believe the Pyramid Texts.
The water coming out of the earth was lions for a specific reason, "shu" and "tefnut" which represented "upward" and "downward" were called "the lions". They were born whan atum created himself at zep tepi. They were the sacred fountains where shu took water to the sky and tefnut brought it back.
The funny thing is that you don't need to change a single word in any of the ancient writing for it to be correct. Sure most of it is misleading if we read it like prose but it is correct. But almost every word written today about these subjects is completely wrong or right only in a left handed sort of way.
I'm gonna cast my lot with the good folks who built the pyramids and the later people who tried to understand the ancient writing rather than with those who have nothing but hypotheses and a lack of data. Manetho, Horapollo, Herodotus, et al seem to have a pretty good idea of the facts even if they didn't understand either.