Drew: I admit I do not agree with you and the seed storage design for the pyramid, sorry about that...
SC: No worries. Keep in mind though that the RVT does not merely propose seed storage - other useful items would have been stored such as tools, containers, linens, medicines, weapons - anything that would be helpful to help 'reboot' the kingdom in the event of its eventual collapse. As the ancient Arab legends tell us:
"There was a king named Saurid, the son of Sahaloe, 300 years before the Deluge, who dreamed one night that he saw the earth overturned with its inhabitants, the men cast down on their faces, the stars falling out of the heavens, and striking one against the other, and making horrid and dreadful cries as they fell. He thereupon awoke much troubled. A year after he dreamed again that he saw the fixed stars come down to the earth in the form of white birds, which carried men away, and cast them between two great mountains, which almost joined together and covered them; and then the bright, shining stars became dark and were eclipsed. Next morning he ordered all the princes of the priests, and magicians of all the provinces of Egypt, to meet together; which they did to the number of 130 priest and soothsayers, with whom he went and related to them his dream.
"Among others, the priest Aclimon, who was the greatest of all, and resided chiefly in the king's Court, said thus to him: - I myself had a dream about a year ago which frightened me very much, and which I have not revealed to any one. I dreamed, said the priest, that I was with your Majesty on the top of the mountain of fire, which is in the midst of Emosos, and that I saw the heaven sink down below its ordinary situation, so that it was near the crown of our heads, covering and surrounding us, like a great basin turned upside down; that the stars were intermingled among men in diverse figures; that the people implored your Majesty's succor, and ran to you in multitudes as their refuge; that you lifted up your hands above your head, and endeavored to thrust back the heaven, and keep it from coming down so low; and that I, seeing what your Majesty did, did also the same. While we were in that posture, extremely affrighted, I thought we saw a certain part of heaven opening, and a bright light coming out of it; that afterwards the sun rose out of the same place, and we began to implore his assistance; whereupon he said thus to us: "The heaven will return to its ordinary situation when I shall have performed three hundred courses". I thereupon awaked extremely affrighted."
The priest having thus spoken, the king commanded them to take the height of the stars, and to consider what accident they portended. Whereupon they declared that they promised first the Deluge, and after that fire. Then he commanded pyramids should be built, that they might remove and secure in them what was of most esteem in their treasuries, with the bodies of the kings, and their wealth, and the aromatic roots which served them, and that they should write their wisdom upon them, that the violence of the water might not destroy it."
Murtadi - (992 AD at Tithe, in Arabia). Translated in 1672.
If the above tells us the true reason as to why the pyramids were built then the Ancient Egyptians were doing something that is no different to what our own civilisation is doing:
The Doomsday Seed Vault
The giant pyramids of the Old Kingdom were simply doing the same thing. Just look at what has been recovered from underneath the Djoser pyramid complex at Saqqara, including the pyramid itself - tens of thousands of storage containers as well as various seed types and in other parts of the underground galleries elsewhere in the complex, large quantities of wheat and barley seed.
Not one original burial of any AE king has ever been found in any Old Kingdom pyramid. Lots of recovery goods though, the remnants of a much larger programme to ensure the rebirth of the kingdom. As I have said before - these early giant pyramids were not so much the 'tomb of the king' but rather the 'womb of the kingdom'. They were not about death but about ensuring rebirth - of the kingdom.
The actual evidence supports the RVT premise far better than it supports the tomb theory and if it is evidence we must go by then.......
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