The World's Oldest Underworld Map Was Found Inscribed On An Ancient Egyptian Coffin

The World’s Oldest Underworld Map Was Found Inscribed On An Ancient Egyptian Coffin

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“Mount Meru was considered as a center of interaction and communication with the celestial deities themselves,” writes Andrew Collins, author of “The Cygnus Mystery.” It’s the link between our world and the realm of the gods.”

“Sigiriya is more or less a clone of Mt. Meru to a lesser extent plainly, our ancestors selected this rock and began building structures at its highest point,” says Philip Coppens, author of The Ancient Alien Question.

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Is it possible, as ancient astronaut theorists claim, that Sigiriya was built to respect and unite with celestial beings, extraterrestrials?

Osiris was the Egyptian god of the underworld and the final judge of all human souls. The Book of Two Ways is part of The Coffin Texts, a much larger corpus of ancient Egyptian mythology, and is characterized as “a clear precursor to later Netherworld works like the ‘Amduat’ and the ‘Book of Gates.'”

Since the copy was created, at least 4,000 years had elapsed. The researchers discovered this through inscriptions on the tomb of Djehutinakht I, a nomarch who flourished between the 21st and 20th centuries BCE. Although it was thought that the coffin previously carried the remains of Djehutinakht I, subsequent study indicates that it belonged to Ankh, an unknown noble woman.

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All of these books are part of The Book of the Dead, which National Geographic described as “the whole corpus of funeral literature that consists of afterlife spells.” More precisely, the Book of the Dead contains “1,185 spells and incantations,” or “everything a person needs to properly identify his or her path in the next life.”

Impatient grave robbers appear to have frequented the tomb, dispersing many of its items and stealing some of its jewels. Researchers were able to rescue two wooden panels with Egyptian writings on them, though. Surprisingly, these text fragments were determined to be small components of The Book of Two Ways. Researchers have previously discovered a few additional copies of the book, but this one is believed to be the first. Copies of the archaic writing, which was written for Middle Kingdom officials and their subordinates, have been discovered on tomb walls, papyri, mummy masks, and other coffins.

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4 The Worlds Oldest Underworld Map Was Found Inscribed On An Ancient Egyptian Coffin

The Book of Two Ways goes into great detail regarding how to find the elusive Osiris in the afterlife:

“Two zig-zagging highways cross a treacherous environment where demonic beasts test one’s progress to ‘Rostau,’ Osiris’ realm, a dark land encircled by fire and positioned at the ‘border of the sky.'” It was believed that anybody who looked at Osiris’s dead body would never die, and that if they went to the Field of Offerings and feasted with Osiris, their desires would be accomplished.”

The issue is that the roads may be dangerous, and some of them lead nowhere, leaving a soul seeking calm disillusioned and no closer to everlasting rest than before. The Lake of Fire, which has the power to either kill or restore the soul, also divides the pathways. Along the way, the departing traveler must also “overcome the Sun’s ‘fiery court,’ with limitless guardians and demons guarding the passage with vast walls of stone and fire.”

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Little is known, however, about the manuscripts and their history, notably The Book of Two Ways. The Book of Two Aspects is a soul map in certain ways. While it seems to us like a map in the twenty-first century, it was not used as one in the conventional sense. Regardless of how it is read, The Book of Two Ways is a compelling reminder of how death and the afterlife have always played an important role in our cultural imaginations.

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