”The Goal of the embalming ritual is a state of unity. ‘
‘Just as the magic of writing is able to capture a make visible a meaning, so to is the person captured and made visible as a symbolic form or hieroglyph in the mummy. ‘
‘A function of these transfiguring recitations is to collect, so to speak the limbs of the body, imagined as being scattered, into a text which it as a new. Such descriptions normally list the individual body parts from top to bottom, begining with the head and equate them with deities, we would like to look at a closer example of this form it is part of a liturgy for the dead of the middle kingdom (19th century B.C) entitled ‘Uniting the Limbs of a transfigured one for him in the Necropolis’.
It contains the following text.
you have taken shape by being the entirety of all the gods;
Your Head is Re
Your face is Upeat
Your noise is Jackal (Anubis)
Remembering the Body.
By A. Assmann (Author), J. Assmann (Author), G. Brandstetter (Author, Editor), et al (Author), H. Volckers(Editor)
Publisher: Hatje Cantz (Jun 2000)