> Hi cladking
> I have not claimed that there is any association between
> funerary rites and pyramid building, though everywhere but Giza
> pyramids tend to be tombs, adorned with the "religious twaddle"
> that you find so unsatisfying.
> I reserve judgement with respect to the Great Pyramid, in part
> due to the lack of inscription to give any indication of its
> function and due also to the fact that I am willing to consider
> the adoption theory given the plausible evidence of repair
> works undertaken to the structure during the 4th dynasty.
> However, your comments about Osiris are simply nonsensical and
Your position is reasonable enough but I think you are very wrong about the coherency of the beliefs ascribed to ancient people by Egyptology. Indeed, the PT contradicts itself at every turn according to Egyptologists. They ascribe nonsensical, inconsistent, and illogical beliefs across the board to these people.
722c. Thy foot shall not pass over, thy step shall not stride through,
722d. thou shalt not tread upon the (corpse)-secretion of Osiris.
Osiris is a god. However, this god must be dead because he is mummified. Since he is mummified in his earliest "incarnation" it can be said he was born dead. However, people and gods need to be warned not to walk in the corpse drippings of this mummified god who was born dead. This simply boggles the mind. How bad does a god's mummification have to be that it's necessary to warn people they should tiptoe in his corpse drippings and why exactly is tiptoing in corpse dripping preferable to just walking in them?
723a. Thou shalt tiptoe heaven like Śȝḥ (the toe-star); thy soul shall be pointed like Sothis (the pointed-star).
This is more absurd than the idea that they needed to make a bigger tomb for their dead king to walk around in at night.
There appears to be a very fundamental problenm in understanding the PT and it might be because we try to understand it to be the same as the book of the dead.
Either this or we have to figure out why rearranging a man's soul to be pointed and tip toeing is the best way to get through the corpse drippings of an imaginary being who was born dead.
No matter how you interpret these lines there are other lines that will show that interpretation is wrong. There must be a fundamental problem in understanding that explains this inconsistency and why we don't know the origin or function of sceptres and icons. Sure the book of the dead comes from the PT but what in the world does the PT come from? There can be no real world referent for anything in the PT that is consistent with current understanding. Current theories have no predictive abilities.
Perhaps part of the problem is not only have facts been pounded into a framework that they don't fit but even some facts have been invented to help the process. How is it possible that no real progress has been made in some 150 years?