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Valley of the kings

Dimensions considered, the Valley of the Kings is completely inferior as funerary complexes compared to the pyramids further north in Egypt. But the decorations here illustrates the thoughts and ideas, and the expectations for the afterworld to a degree that the pyramids do not.

Valley of the kings

Dimensions considered, the Valley of the Kings is completely inferior as funerary complexes compared to the pyramids further north in Egypt. But the decorations here illustrates the thoughts and ideas, and the expectations for the afterworld to a degree that the pyramids do not. There arc usually 30-40 open tombs, but they size varies a lot as well as the artistic level of the wall decorations. Most visitors will be satisfied with visiting 3-5 tombs, and a good experience is mostly decided by whether you can walk around a tomb by yourself or not. But why was this site selected for royal tombs? There are several answers: According to ancient Egyptian theology, a good tomb would be a place which could be considered to be the best possible "bridge" to the underworld. At the Valley of the Kings, the world almost comes to an end. Nothing grows here, and the climate is hot even through the winter. Hence it is a very obvious symbol lor death. The rocks could quite easily be dug in, allowing for canals into the underworld. Moreover, the mummy science had since long found out that the desert was an ideal place for storage of corpses. Until now. 62 tombs have been opened, but old sources indicate that there could be as many as between 100 and 150. Chances are that the remaining tombs are inferior to the best we now have. but who knows? There might be a new Tutakhamun tomb out there? It is believed that Tuthmosis 1 was the first pharaoh to have his grave constructed here, in the 16th century BCE. But it would take about 200 more years before it became customary that the kings built their graves here. Ramses 1 became the first to establish this custom. Among the first things a king did after his coronation was to start building his tomb.- it was after all his "life insurance", his ticket to eternal life. Compared to pyramids, tombs were fast to build. and in no cases were more than 6 years spent on a single grave. The walls are decorated with magical "books", like the Book of the Underworld, the Book of the Gates and the Book of Day and Night. All central for the kings success in the afterlife- There are also illustrations of the afterworld, equally central in securing that the king could live again in the company of Amun-Re.

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