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Initial post: Feb 1, 2012 8:12:49 PM PST
Hello everyone. I am a college student looking for some opinions on a few questions. I am doing this for my art history class, and any help would be great!

First - Why do some Egyptian tombs have more complex designs than other ones?

Second - Why do you think Egyptians followed such strict rules during the mummification process?

Thanks again for you help. I will post the Url where I am basing my questions from.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012 5:44:41 PM PST
Jeff Marzano says:
Egypt is a very mysterious place, especially going back many thousands of years. There is artwork on the walls inside some of the pyramids which cannot be easily explained as far as how it was created. It appears to have been created by precision machines and things like that where images were carved into the stone.

The level of detail on the tombs was probably related to the status of the deceased also.

Their understanding of the human soul was also very mysterious.

Below I list some info about their 'divisions of the self'.

The Egyptian Book Of The Dead contains prayers that were part of their funerary rites. I'm trying to get through it now but it's tedious at times. But it talks about their belief in the afterlife.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead (Penguin Classics)

Elisabeth Haich states that she remembered the time after she died and her spirit was traveling along with her mummy:


That book is about the mysterious Egyptian initiation rites.

Jeff Marzano

Egyptian Heritage: Based on the Edgar Cayce Readings

The author, Mark Lehner, was referring to a book by E. A. Wallis Budge about The Egyptian Book Of The Dead which contains their 'Divisions Of The Self':

a. Khat - the physical body of man considered as a whole

b. Ab - the heart, the source of life, good and evil, and the conscience.

c. Ka - translated "double". an ethereal alter ego which could leave the body in the tomb and inhabit any statue of the deceased. this life form could also enjoy life with the gods in Heaven.

d. Ba - the heart-soul, which could assume material and non material forms. it enjoyed eternal existence, and could unite with or leave the body at will. it was for the Ka and Ba that food offerings were left in the tomb.

e. Khaibit - associated with the Ba. "the shadow" could also leave the body at will and travel wherever it pleased.

f. Sekhem - "vital force" or "life force" of the individual. it is believed to dwell in heaven with the Khu. it is a term that translators are hard put to define.

g. Khu - the spirit-soul, the immortal part of man which went to heaven as soon as the body died.

h. Sahu - the lasting, incorruptible spirit-body, which incorporated all the ethereal elements of man within it.

i. Ren - the name of a man, believed to dwell in Heaven. the Egyptians were very careful to preserve their names because they believed that one existed only as long as his name was preserved.

According to Budge, "the whole man consisted of a natural body, a Spirit-body, a heart, a double, a Heart-soul, a shadow, a Spirit-soul, and a name. All these were, however, bound together inseparably, and the welfare of any single one of them concerned the welfare of all."

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2012 4:45:23 PM PST
L. King says:
Just a simple question:

Are these the questions for your homework assignment, and are you hoping that someone here will answer them for you?
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