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The Hidden Language of Astronomical Symbolism in the Pyramid Texts - Part I
By Richard A. Fields
After reading The Orion Mystery by Robert Bauval, a very intriguing and compelling book, I was prompted to begin my own investigation into the astronomical symbolism and terminology encoded and embodied in the Pyramid Texts.
I read three different translations. R.O.Faulkner's, The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, Samuel Mercer's The Pyramid Texts in Translation and Commentaries, vol.1, 2, 3, and 4, and Alexander Piankoffs', The Pyramid of Unas, -- Texts Translated with Commentary. I read the Faulkner translation, every page, from cover to cover several times, and what I found, being an amateur astronomer myself, was of the utmost of interest.
The Orion Mystery focuses on the constellation known to us as Orion and to the ancient Egyptians as Sahu and its alignment to the three pyramids on the Giza plateau. The Pyramid Texts contain much evidence that substantiates Mr Bauval's thesis - being, as they are, astro-theological texts which use an astral-symbolic language veiled by the more readily known language of the hieroglyphs.
As I stated I read three different translations, and found that the Faulkner translation was the clearest for my purposes.
Not only are there plentiful references to the Egyptian celestial god of resurrection Osiris-Sahu and his consort Isis-Ast, who was symbolized by the star Sirius (Sirius A to be exact) but there is an abundance of other astro-terminological references. Below are my findings after a careful scrutiny of each page in the Faulkner translation:
The above terms are what I have been able to extrapolate from R.O. Faulkner's translation of the Pyramid Texts. The sum total being 622 astronomical references expressed in a symbolic language.
Perhaps we do need a fresh approach to the study of the Pyramid Texts in a multidisciplinary fashion rather then just considering this as mumbo-jumbo generated by superstitious priests. For there is a deep profound spiritual message encoded in these texts, once one is able to break through the encoding scheme. I am not saying that I have done that. I think this is just a scratch on the surface.
Copyright 1999 Richard Fields
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