The End of Death

The ancient Egyptians had no word for death.  “Westing” is the closest word to death they had.  It relates to the setting of the Sun disk in the west.  It invokes the cyclic imagery that appears so common in ancient cosmology.

This terminology reveals how powerful words can be.  In modern cultures, the word death invokes a sense of fear as it carries a sense of an end to life.  Westing reflects a sense that what is now setting will rise again later.  I believe Tolkien had some very clear ideas about how language and its usage affects our “world view.”

I learned of this Egyptian term while watching an interesting series called “The Pyramid Code.”  A basic premise of this series is that our own world views are stumbling blocks to our understanding of these ancient people, and how they constructed the pyramids.  It is suggested that one of our greatest stumbling blocks is in thinking that we are the most advanced generation of humankind.

The Mayan calendar is discussed as an ancient work that supports this theory.  It isn’t just that the calendar is technically sophisticated, but also that it indicates the golden age of humankind was actually thousands of years ago.  We supposedly entered a dark age some time ago.  The recently sensationalized “Mayan doomsday” of 21 December 2012 is actually supposed to be the bottom of the dark cycle.

There does appear to be merit to this theory.  We (humankind) have managed to dissect the physical world to gain the knowledge to make the most wonderful gadgets.   There is little evidence that modern people have any insight into life or the nature of their existence, though.  Coincidentally, a hallmark of the current age may be the destruction of ancient writings because it threatened particular ideologies.

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10 thoughts on “The End of Death

  1. You have to check out The Giza Powerplant by Christopher Dunn. Groundbreaking theories. I totally agree about our time and our perspective. I’m currently reading Atlantis and the Cycles of Time by Joscelyn Goodwin,. It covers almost every work I have read re: Atlantis and Lemuria, and many that I haven’t. There is much we don’t know … One this is for sure, the use of sound was predominant in the ancient world.

  2. There were several archaeologists/theorists in this series whose books look real interesting also. Unfortunately, my reading schedule is pretty full right now with being back in school. I will have to keep Christopher Dunn and Joscelyn Goodwin in mind, though. This stuff really is quite fascinating.

  3. Interesting topic. I have also thought that we humans tend to think that we are in the most advanced generation yet. But acknowledging our limitations and lack of knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.

  4. I could not agree more. I think that our modern culture has made death into something extremely negative. One of my favorite parts of LOTR is when they are taking Bilbo to the ship to the Grey Lands, and he says “I am quite ready for another adventure.” That’s always spoke to me and I have striveni to break away from our cultures perceptions of death and life. The shamanic path has only reinforced this.
    An excellent and thought-provoking post. Thank you, sir

  5. I do not know what is available to you, but I have been watching it on the Documentary Channel. It is also available through Netflix on the Internet. I have not watched it on YouTube, so I do not know what quality is available there, but the link is: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+pyramid+code&oq=The+Pyramid+&gs_l=youtube.1.0.0l10.3320.10160.0.14084.14.10.1.3.3.1.477.2105.3j3j1j1j2.10.0…0.0…1ac.1.H_LRk2HT1r4

    I am pretty sure from following your blog that you will find it fascinating.

  6. Thank you very much. I will probably have to watch it on youtube. Netflix has a different selection down here and a lot of the typical media sites do not work here.

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