posted on Jan, 7 2014 @ 06:12 AM
reply to post by Harte
It does, and i would consider the role of the bull God in this regard as dating back at least as far as the early Neolithic period were it is
particularly prominent, likewise Eres-Kigal and the concern with the absorbtion of the physical body back into the Earth could also reach far back in
Looking at the two traditions it is hard to see that they were ever entirely independent but were long understood as complimentary.
reply to post by Shiloh7
Yes there was only the one place, but to make comparison with Egyptian beliefs is somewhat problematic as the old Kingdom tradition from Royal burials
only really concerns itself with the reincarnation of the Divine Horus spirit and it's transition through the Underworld to be reborn as Ruler, and
the Ba of the deceased taking it's place amongst the imperishable circumpolar stars as privilege, there were other aspects such as the Ka that
remained within the tomb ad-infinitum.
What the expectations of the common people were is a different question, the coffin texts of the Middle Kingdom suggest ritual for the upper elements
in society, a place of judgement within the Amduat were the soul is either destroyed or allowed to take it's place within a Kingdom of the dead ruled
by Osiris, but the Egyptians were generally vague and contradictory in these regards, their main obsession was with the course of the afterlife
journey and spells to assist in what would be encountered.
The cult of Osiris as Lord of the Underworld always had potential physical resurrection as an aspect being based upon observation of the principles
of nature, but then in Sumeria there was also the basis for such in Inanna's descent into the Underworld and the subsequent continuation of this
principle of return as enacted by Dumuzid and his sister, the concern in both traditions is with physical resurrection as seen within nature.
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