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December 16, 2019, 12:15 pm UTC    
November 14, 2019 08:51AM
I think the PT’s make it pretty clear that a pyramid, or any tomb for that matter, was considered – or intended – as potentially being a “place of ascension”. This, however, doesn’t mean that the word “mer” held this meaning or was derived from the concept of “ascension” in any way. That the word “mer”, when spelled as it was, meant “pyramid” seems certain. Its derivation is the question.

When looking at how the word was written in the PT’s, what strikes me as curious is the apparent use of Glyph U23 (Chisel) in its spelling. Seems a strange choice – given that this glyph is usually the first glyph of the word and that its addition doesn’t really seem appropriate, necessary, or helpful to the word’s meaning. When spelled this same way, but with a different determinative, the word had a meaning of “disease”, “pain”, “evilness”, etc – not something that seems to at all fit in with the concept of a pyramid. However, Gardiner notes that this U23 glyph had connections with Glyph S42 – the “’b3 scepter” – and that these glyphs were at times used interchangeably, likely because they were very similar in appearance.

Interestingly, the word ‘b3 can have the meaning of “shine” (having a “shining sun” - Glyph N8 –as its determinative), and clearly this meaning WOULD have been entirely relevant to the word for “pyramid”. While it is true that this word for “shine” doesn't seem to be attested in the literature until about 1450 BC, it is possible that it was understood as such as early as the Old Kingdom. It would take some research to see just how supportable this connection might be, but, this is the kind of punning word-play that one sees throughout the AE religious literature. The switch to U23 would then be explained due to the fact that the name for “chisel” was a homophone for the “mer” name for a pyramid. Perhaps, though, the glyph was still read as “’b3” and not as “mer”, here in the word for "pyramid". Who knows? As I said, this kind of intricate word-play appears throughout these texts, and so it would not surprise me to see that it had been used here in this way. You'd just need to show that the 'b3 could have had a meaning of "shining" this early. If you choose to follow up on this, please let me know what you find.
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