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HELLUM, Jennifer E. - The Presence of Myth in the Pyramid Texts

HELLUM, Jennifer E. - The Presence of Myth in the Pyramid Texts

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The
Presence
of
Myth
in
the
qnamid Texts
A
thesis
submitted
in conformity
with
the
nquirements
for
the
degree
of Doctor of
Philosophy
Graduate
Department
of
Near
and
Middk
Eastern
Civilizations
University
of
Toronto
 
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THE
PRESENCE
OF
MYTH
IN
THE
PYRAMID TEXTS
Doctor of
Philosophy
200
1
Jeder
Elisabeth
Hellum
Graduate
Department of Near and Middle
Eastern
Civilizations
University of TorontoThe
Pyramid
Texts,
written
on
the
waUs of the entrance corridors, antechambers, andfunerary
chambers
of the
royal
pyramids of
the
late
Fiifth
and entire
Skth
Dynasties,
are
filied
with
mythic
statements
and
allusions, without using prose or
poetic
narrative. Theyhctioned
as
a holistic group,
each
distinct
from
the
other,
yet
each
working
within
the
group to
create
a
situation paraHehg
the
mythic,
celestial worid of the
afterlife.
By
this
means,
the
king
(and
later,
queen)
were
caused
to
enter
and
assume
theY
nghtful
place
in
the
afterlife
as
deities.
The
language
of
the
texts
provides evidence for the process bywhich
this
takes
place:
aiigning
the
royal
with
the
deities
by means
of
family tem.
and
using various
literary
methods of
inserthg
the
king
into
the
world of the
myth.
The
placement of
the
texts has
proved
to
be
of
interest
because,
while
certain
spells
of
protection
or
offering were placed around
entrantes
or around the Stone sarcophagus,
the
majority
of the spelis show
by
their content
that
no
qxdic
placement was intended.
Many
speils
are
found on different
waiis
in
dierent pyramids.,
in
fact,
&y
are
the
same
spek
found
in
the same place
in
two
pyramids-
UltimateIy,
the
Pyramid
Texts
functioned
as
a
passageway
into
the
afterlife,
dg
a
mythic
existence for
the
king
(and
queen),
with
the
rooms
of
the
pytamids
used
as
the
vehicle
for
this
mation.

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