No, they weren't aware of cloning. Nor did they have a belief in a reincarnation. They did believe the soul went on to a life in the afterlife and
that things there looked pretty much as they did in Ancient Egypt.
Originally posted by runetang
And you are correct. Ever since my earliest childhood years, as soon as I learned about Egyptian mummies and mummification, I was extremely
interested. Why on Earth would people perform such a strange process to preserve these bodies, even encasing them in golden cases adorned with
brilliant artwork and metalwork that would be hard to create by skilled artisans even with modern tools.
Just for the record, only the very elite nobles got that treatment. Poorer people got a hastier mummification and their coffins were not elaborately
decorated. Some were simply put into a hole in the ground and left there.
The "sarcophagus" is the stone outer casing. Inside would be up to six "anthropoid coffins" which were human shaped and often highly decorated.
The sarcophagus could be square or more elaborate and might have writing on it... or not.
They believed in a 5-part soul, only some of which (ba and ka) were anything like what we think of as a "soul." The "ib" (heart) was where the
deeds and attitudes were recorded and it was what stood in the balance when the deceased entered the hall where judgment waited. It was balanced
against "Ma'at" (the principle of harmony and truth (this is a "sort of" because the belief is more complex than that.)
Then there's the Sheut (shadow) which indicated a living person and was seen as a part of the soul.
The Ren (name) is the "connection" to the world and the afterlife. They believed a person never truly dies as long as their name is spoken (or
The Ba, a human-headed bird, was the soul-and-personality (sort of) of the person. The king was considered the Ba of Ra, the sun god... but the king
also had his own ba.
The Ka, "life force" was that part of the human soul that needed nourishment. Prayers were important; there are monuments and texts saying, "o
traveler, as you pass, please say 'a thousand loaves of bread and a thousand jugs of beer and a thousand joints of beef for the soul of Ptahhotep"
After mummification, the wab-priests performed the ceremony of the opening of the mouth which allowed the Ba to leave the body and be united with the
Ka in the afterlife.
We don't have any cases of slaves or workers being buried with pharaohs (except in the case of the opera, "Aida", written long after there were any
ancient Egyptians to object.)
Wikipedia gives a good starting point; be aware, though, that the situation is much more complex than is presented:
They look almost like a "capsule" MEANT and intended on being picked up one day by some form of Ancient Astronauts that they mistook
for Gods and based a Mythology on.
Not really. They did not look forward to a future incarnation or reincarnation; they knew they would go straight to the afterlife (unless they'd
been really bad and in that case the Ib would be eaten by Apep and their Ren destroyed and the Ba/Ka ceases to exist.
What if they honestly believed that the most prestigous people needed to be preserved in such a painstaking way, in such elaborate tombs,
inside such elaborate pyramids, which just happen to be aligned with the stars in the heavens, or were at the time, perfectly pointing to certain
constellations and so forth, in order to ensure that they'd be there in the distant future when the "Gods" returned,
They were already awake in the afterworld. They'd have been upset/shocked/disappointed to be hauled out from their wonderful afterlife Egypt.
Sure, the clone would not know what the man knew when the man died and was mummified, but if they had his brain too, and were THAT advanced, im
sure they could upload the same memories from that brain to the new, cloned brain organ inside the cloned Pharaoh's brand new cranium.
The brain was scraped out of the skull and thrown away.
So the clone wouldn't literally be a resurrected mummy, but would rather THINK HE WAS A RESURRECTED MUMMY
Except there are lots of records of the kings before they became kings, including monuments of their birth, their deeds as princes, and so forth...
while the old king was still alive. Not only that, but they look different than the old king.
Why did no other culture go through THIS MUCH effort during their mummification?
Oh, there are other cultures with extensive and lengthy burial rites. And remember, they only went through this for royalty. Read up on the funerals
of ancient Chinese emperors... or even European royalty.
Somtow Sucharitkul (S.P. Somtow), science fiction author and all-around polymath, is part of the Thai nobility. He has a very lengthy tale of all the
things that happened during the burial of his grandfather, the king ... which involved pushing a stake through the anus so that the body would sit
upright and stuffing it into a pyramid shaped box... and a lot of other things. Quite elaborate cultural practices, funny as heck when Somtow tells
it, but at the same time somewhat creepy and somewhat moving.
I mean .. its controversial still, but most will agree the Egyptians built Pyramids to put these entombed mummified Pharaohs in upon death,
which were aligned perfectly at that time to certain important stars. Why is that? Because thats where the beings came from that founded the Egyptian
Uhm... when, exactly, do you think the Egyptian culture was "founded"? It goes back long before 5,000 BC (small villages), had a notable early king
(King Scorpion), was united in 3,000 BC by King Narmer, about the time a full system of writing develops. No aliens/gods mentioned.
by teaching them things much like the Bible describes the Fallen Angels doing
Unless I'm very mistaken (I may be) the Bible only discusses the Fallen Angels once in Revelation. The "how thou art fallen" when read in context
in Isaiah (read the WHOLE chapter and book, not just the verse) applies to Babylon and not to Satan. Nephilim are sometimes identified as fallen
angels, but there's no real justification for that. Nephilim had sex with human women but didn't teach them anything.
...according to the Bible.
And I am not going to say I am a believer in this "Barackhenaten" stuff but it IS pretty odd that theres a keen resemblence between Obama and
You're not kidding? Someone believes that?????? Dear heavens -- that sort of thing is what makes people think Conspiracy Theory is just a sham
mockery that ties together unrelated things in the most ridiculous ways possible.
The only real resemblance is that Obama and Akhenaten are male humans and are bilaterally symmetrical. Ditto the rest of the family.