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Ba, Ka, sis-boom-bah!

I'm currently in the process of preparing to write the third chapter of my thesis, on the Egyptian experience of Death, but am having a bumpy ride out of the cave. The difficulty is mainly arising from the fact that my chief sources (Frankfort, Assmann) are not agreeing with each other on the phenomena of the human personality which certain Egyptian words are meant to refer to. Is ka the "vital essence/life force" or "moral/social personality"? Is ba "soul", "spirit", "consciousness", "free moving soul", or whathaveyou? Is the akhu (transfigured spirit) dependent upon the continuous provisioning of one's tomb, or not?

At the very least, there's wide agreement that Egyptian mortuary rituals are meant to bring the various aspects of the deceased's personality back into an ordered, effective constellation or form.

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