UN-TRANSMITTED SPELLS INTO THE POST-UNIS OLD KINGDOM PYRAMID TEXTS
Document Type: Original article
Abd El-Sattar, I.
Egyptology dept., Faculty of Archaeology, Fayoum Univ., Fayoum, Egypt
The pyramid texts are funerary spells which were found in eleven pyramids of old kingdom kings and queens. This paper deals with the phenomenon of excluding some spells of the old kingdom pyramid texts after their first attestation. This study assigns the term "Un-transmitted spells" to identify these spells which were attested in a certain pyramid while not reselected once again in the other pyramids. The paper focuses on those of Unis pyramid, which has 38 un-transmitted spells, trying to answer two essential questions: why these spells emerged only once in the pyramid of Unis and were not transmitted or reselected into the other old kingdom pyramids? Were these spells transmitted or reselected and became a part of the re-contextualization program after the old kingdom or not? The study suggests three reasons for the phenomenon in question depending on the investigation of the Pyramid Texts editing during the old kingdom.
New philology Old kingdom Pyramid texts Unis Un-transmitted spells
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