AS: In the ancient Egyptian religion of the 4th dynasty what would be the effects of the collapse of the roofing beams into the burial chamber (the fact that they made them out of granite is a pretty good indication that they considered it as a possibility)..... how would the mortuary cult in service to Khufu's afterlife from the real world fix that problem? Would there not be a standing order to go look to see if everything was ok if things were starting to go bad on the outside.....
SC: Well if Khufu's cult priests were so concerned for Khufu's Afterlife then it does not seem particularly apparent within the tomb itself since, given the AE religious beliefs of this period relating to the Ba of the king, a nameless sarcophagus within a nameless chamber such as we find within the Great Pyramid and all other early, giant pyramids would be completely ineffective as a tomb. In such a nameless tomb, the king's soul would forever be condemned to oblivion.
"In the Great Pyramid of Khufu the small shafts that rise on an angle through the tomb from chambers deep inside are passages for the soul [the ba] to ascend to the sky, north to join the 'imperishable' circumpolar stars, south to join Ra at the Equator... Now let's return to the ba for a moment, and see why the name (ren) is so crucial. Figure 9. Each day, the ba would ascend to the sky, and each night return to the tomb, eternally - as long as it could find the tomb, which meant that the name on it had to be clear - and provided that the proper prayers and incantations were made, both by the living and by the 'living words' inscribed in the tomb. If the name was chiseled off, the ba would not be able to find its home and the dead person would cease to exist. This is the reasoning that underlies the damnatio memoriae, the practice of removing a person's name, thereby eliminating the possibility of his existence for all eternity. Figure 10." - Source (Emphasis mine).
SC: As you can see, the AE religion itself tells us that the anonymous early, giant pyramids would have been the worst possible burial structure for the king. We see these names and offerings placed on the sarcophagi of Khufu's sons and daughters and in their tombs - but NOT for the King where it was most important of all. If the Great Pyramid was his tomb then Khufu would have had a lot more to worry about than a granite beam crashing down.
EDIT: Interms of the Recovery Vault Theory it would have been important to ensure the heavy granite gabled blocks of the King's Chamber were placed well away from the Ante Chamber since, had they breached this chamber allowing air to flow from the KC into the rest of the Pyramid then this could have resulted in disastrous consequences for the Recovery items stored in the Grand Gallery and the other GP chambers.
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