Sorry, I missed the word 'interpret'.Quote
My question to you was: "What else can you interpret from the depiction of a mummified form?"
You have not answered that question.
If the mummified form has it's eyes closed, or face covered, I would think it is a dead person. If the eyes are open and it looks like it's speaking, I would wonder if it was wrapped to contain it (straight jacket). Other than that, just the form without text wouldn't tell me anything.
You originally said :
Were prayers offered to a deity for the salvation of the soul of the deceased? Did certain mourners take comfort from their belief in an Afterlife? Was the deceased described in positive ways and their "good deeds" celebrated?
Now you say :
Prayers, belief in afterlife, good deeds, are not necessarily part of "funerary rites". Funerary rites can be done without the christian prayers, afterlife, etc. You are equating funeral rites with christian ritual. You and the egyptologists are assuming that all of ancient man said prayers, believed in afterlife, etc. Some cultures do not pray. Funerary "ritual" can consist of many different customs. You are assuming they would be typically christian. My funerary "ritual" does not consist of any of the things you mentioned. RITUAL may transcend generations, but prayer and needing salvation of the soul does not.Quote
because funerary rites, though variable, are just part of the human condition. They are universal, transcending generations, skin colour, creed and cultures.
No you did not. I am saying that what you describe as 'funerary ritual' is really a christian funerary custom. And I am saying that you are probably looking for your familiar customs in the AE's.Quote
Unlike you, I never suggested that the Ancient Egyptians were "English-speaking white people, drowning in Christian beliefs."
I have read that Plutarch 1st cent a.d., is the ONLY source for the Isis Osiris story. Wouldn't it be a little hasty to assume that this story was known 2,500 years prior? Yet it seems egyptology has strrrrretched it way back to explain much newer tomb paintings.
I'm just curious, but does the text by this picture actually say it's wheat. Because it doesn't look like the wheat where I live. They say " The sprouting wheat implied resurrection." Is this another interpretation in context? Or do the texts say this ? Because I would interpret the wheat (which doesn't look like wheat) to mean something else.Quote
See here, where wheat seeds are seen sprouting from Osiris as the god of death and rebirth: