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#1 carlotta

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 06:53 AM

Hi,

I just saw the article below on yahoo about Egyptian doors to the afterlife. I never heard of them below. Does anyone know more about them?

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Door to afterlife from ancient Egyptian tomb found
http://news.yahoo.co...ypt_antiquities
AP - Mon Mar 29, 9:24 am ET
CAIRO Archaeologists have unearthed a 3,500-year-old door to the afterlife from the tomb of a high-ranking Egyptian official near Karnak temple in Luxor, the Egyptian antiquities authority said Monday.

These recessed niches found in nearly all ancient Egyptian tombs were meant to take the spirits of the dead to and from the afterworld. The nearly six-foot- tall (1.75 meters) slab of pink granite was covered with religious texts.

The door came from the tomb of User, the chief minister of Queen Hatshepsut, a powerful, long ruling 15th century B.C. queen from the New Kingdom with a famous mortuary temple near Luxor in southern Egypt.

User held the position of vizier for 20 years, also acquiring the titles of prince and mayor of the city, according to the inscriptions. He may have inherited his position from his father.

Viziers in ancient Egypt were powerful officials tasked with the day-to-day running of the kingdom's complex bureaucracy.

As a testament to his importance, User had his own tomb on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, where royal kings and queens were also buried. A chapel dedicated to him has also been discovered further south in the hills near Aswan.

The stone itself was long way from its tomb and had apparently been removed from the grave and then incorporated into the wall of a Roman-era building, more than a thousand years later.

False doors were placed in the west walls of tombs and faced offering tables where food and drink were left for the spirit of the deceased.
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Posted 31 March 2010 - 02:41 PM

This is the first time I've heard of these. Thank you for the post. Very informative.

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 12:46 PM

Looks more like a Phone Box......

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 03:02 AM

Looks more like a Phone Box......

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An Egyptian phone box? How would one have dialed a number?
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Posted 17 April 2010 - 07:50 PM

Looks more like a Phone Box......

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An Egyptian phone box? How would one have dialed a number?



I guess if one were too small to reach the dial they could ask their Mummy to do it for them.....

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Seriously....it looks like the "Time Lords" have struck again....
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 12:47 AM

;) just mummy can do this and most ghost story comes from Egypt

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:52 PM

~Very cool story...thank you for sharing Carlotta!!
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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:13 AM

There are always some mystical explanations involved when dealing with ancient ways, which unfortunately we overlook.
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:01 PM

There are always some mystical explanations involved when dealing with ancient ways, which unfortunately we overlook.


I often wonder if the Egyptians didn't have the right idea about ghosts all along. Their theories effectively cover the full spectrum from haunted houses, cemetaries, and visitations. They thought that upon death the spirit would split into three entities, one to wander the earth, one to accept offerings at the tomb, and one that lived on in the underworld. If I remember correctly anyway, I was really into the Egyptians in sixth grade.
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