This Scholar Says She’s Unlocked The Secrets Of The Pyramid Texts

For years, scholars thought that the Pyramid Texts were merely a series of funeral prayers and magic spells intended to protect Egyptian royalty in the afterlife.

But renowned classicist and linguist Susan Brind Morrow has a different interpretation of this sacred literature. She said she believes it’s proof of a complex religious philosophy, one that was less about mythology and more about the life-giving forces of nature. She also believes this ancient Egyptian philosophy influenced many of the spiritual traditions that came after it.

The Pyramid Texts are the oldest religious writings that modern scholars have from ancient Egypt — and quite possibly, the oldest sacred texts in the world.

Morrow explains her research, and presents a new translation of the full text, in her latest book The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts.

“These are not magic spells at all,” Morrow told The Huffington Post about the Pyramid Texts. “These are poetic verses constructed just like poetry today, sophisticated and filled with word play and puns.”

Instead of looking at the Pyramid Texts as something written by a primitive and superstitious people, as she claims many Egyptologists before her have done, Morrow put the texts in the context of Egypt’s vibrant literary tradition and its cultural connections to nature.

What she said she saw in the ancient lines inscribed on the inner walls of the Pyramid of Unas was a “densely compounded but highly precise” map of the stars. The Egyptians studied the stars to determine what time of year the Nile would flood and make their land fertile again. In this earliest form of Egyptian philosophy, Morrow said she believes it’s not a goddess or a spiritual personality that the Egyptians worshipped, but the sky —> Read More

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