AS: If a god making machine ...
SC: God-making machine? Please present to us evidence of the gods this machine supposedly made?
AS: ...made of a big unsupported granite box broke and the god king's position in the afterlife was threatened say 10,000 or so Nile floods after it was sealed..... how does the Mortuary Cult that it's believed functioning of depends on fix it so everything continues on as before?
SC: Because you use some of the most durable materials to ensure the King is sealed in his cosy tomb - forever. The whole idea of making the pyramid robber-proof (as best they could) was supposedly to prevent ANYONE (mainly robbers) getting in. But now you want to advocate a system that allowed the king's cult to gain access - but not robbers. How exactly would that work again? Did they have some ancient priest-or-robber detection system in place? Your argument is a complete abomination and contradicts the entire ethos of what an ancient Egyptian Pyramid tomb supposedly was (if you believe the orthodox view) - the eternally sealed mansion of the king, never to be opened by robber or priest. If you are claiming it was designed to be accessed by priests then it could just as easily be entered by robbers too. Oh - what was that thudding noise? Not to worry - it was just your new ground-breaking thesis falling flat on its posterior.
And furthermore, if you were his cult one of the things you most certainly would have done to ensure at least a chance of an eternal afterlife would be to place the king's name inside the burial chamber and on the sarcophagus. Otherwise the king's ba would not find the tomb and the king's afterlife of bliss is terminated even before it has begun. That the king's priests felt no compulsion to do this is a big indicator that this was NOT a tomb of an AE king.
AS: The fact that they made the roof out of granite beams the way they did is a pretty good indication that they considered collapse as a possibility.......
SC: Oh yes - that makes sense. Except when you look at the Queen's Chamber roof which has none of your so-called "relieving chambers" of granite but nevertheless has much, much more tonnage lying on top and pressing down on it than does the KC roof. Don't be so absurd! The raised roof of the KC was a measure to ensure that the massive gabled blocks of the KC roof did not slip sideways into the Ante Chamber and potentially breaching the hermetically sealed Grand Gallery and potentially destroying the recovery cache stored therein. Had these massive gabled blocks been placed directly over the KC then it remained a possibility that such a disaster could occur. To prevent such a scenario from ever happening the builders literally had to 'raise the roof' of the King's Chamber far up and out of harm's way.
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