||[Jun. 11th, 2012|05:20 pm]
These figurines, found along with 410 others in Tutankhamun's tomb, all had the same purpose: to replace the pharaoh in the afterlife should he be asked to do any labor.
In other words, despite the fact that an enormous amount of human labor was required for the pharaoh to even make it to this afterlife, performing any labor himself would still apparently be beneath him, EVEN IF REQUESTED BY THE GODS HE SUPPOSEDLY VENERATED IN LIFE.
I'm reminded here of the documentary I watched last night about the Source Family, whose spiritual leader originally promulgated a commandment that "the man and his woman are one, let nothing separate them," but who then went on to abandon his actual wife so that he could simultaneously be married to thirteen others.
Related YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZWB5-aXMXQ