Food Of The Gods

By Christopher Zoukis           

Thirty-five hundred years ago – around 1325 B.C. – the mightiest empire on earth crowned a young boy as its king.  He was not only their king, he was their god.  The boy’s name was Tutankhamen.  For eight years he ruled Egypt.  In the spring of his ninth year as a living god, Tutankhamen suddenly and mysteriously died.  Some experts believe he was murdered.  Others believe he died from a brain tumor.  Image courtesy news.nationalgeographic.com

Shortly after his death, his body was carried to the House of Cleansing, where his brain and internal organs were removed and partially dried in natron.[1]  Tutankhamen’s body was then moved to the House of Beautification.  Here, costly resins were poured over the surface of his body.  As soon as the resins began to dry, Tutankhamen’s body was suspended upside down by his feet from the ceiling.  He hung there while the drying process continued.  These resins, once dry, preserved the skin to a leather-like quality.  Next, after the body was lowered, the specially prepared bandages were wound about the body.  This completed the mummification process.

Tutankhamen was placed in a sarcophagus, which was moved to his tomb.  Along with the sarcophagus, a number of personal items were placed in the tomb, including chairs, stools, and beds.  Writing palettes, memory boxes, articles of clothing (including twenty-seven pairs of ‘driving-gloves’)[2], a battle breastplate, many weapons, jewelry, and memorabilia from family, friends and associates were piled in a side room of the burial chamber.

Food and drink were placed beside the mummified Tutankhamen:  different types of bread, preserved meat and poultry, garlic, fenugeek, coriander, cumin, sesame, jars of honey, fruits, and wine.  These items were to sustain Tutankhamen’s ka, which was his spiritual form.  For even though Tutankhamen’s body had died, his ka lived on and required nourishment.  The ka required something else, too.

According to Egyptian religious beliefs, only Pharaohs had kas capable of living forever.  This was because the self-begotten Supreme Being – known as Amen-Ra – embraced the pharaohs and infused them with his ka or vital fluid.  The infusion took place by means of the high priest of On, who was the earthly avatar or embodiment of Amen, masturbating the young Pharaoh to the point of orgasm, which activated and increased the Pharaoh’s ka.  At the same time, the high priest energized the Pharaoh with divine essence by analizing him.  This imbued the Pharaoh with hyperpotency and gave his ka everlasting life.  Replenishment of this vital fluid was accomplished by eating almonds, whose meat had the power of “awakening” the flagging essence.[3] 

One of the foods left in the tomb for Tutankhamen’s ka was the almond.  The “awakener” was there to keep the ka of Tutankhamen strong and vital.

Needless to say, the almonds found in the tomb of Tutankhamen were sweet almonds. 

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[1] Natron is hydrated sodium carbonate, a mineral commonly found in salt lakes or in natural deposits.  Natron is sometimes called washing soda.

[2] Driving gloves were used while driving chariots, not only for a better grip on the reins, but also to keep the hands warm during the winter months.

[3] Clark, R.T. Rundle, Myth and Symbol in Ancient Egypt.