There are many questions about the mysterious origins of ancient Egypt and the time frame for when it all began.
I'm not sure people today understand the religious beliefs of ancient Egypt too well.
The knowledge about building the pyramids and their hieroglyphic language seems to have appeared mysteriously out of thin air and then disappeared equally mysteriously.
There doesn't seem to be any evidence of a gradual evolution of this knowledge.
The pyramids at Giza and other places are much more mysterious than many people today realize.
People today are starting to realize that these pyramids were at one time machines like power plants.
Only the gods could have built the pyramids.
And so they did.
That was an interesting article though.
I had heard about the Egyptians' 'Divisions Of The Self' before.
I think E. A. Wallace Budge created that list of divisions.
Budge is a controversial figure in Egyptology I guess.
Egyptians' Divisions Of The Self
Egyptian Heritage: Based on the Edgar Cayce Readings
Mark Lehner (Author)
The author, Mark Lehner, was referring to E. A. Wallis Budge's translation of The Egyptian Book Of The Dead which contains their 'Divisions Of The Self':
a. Khat - the physical body of man considered as a whole
b. Ab - the heart, the source of life, good and evil, and the conscience.
c. Ka - translated "double". an ethereal alter ego which could leave the body in the tomb and inhabit any statue of the deceased. this life form could also enjoy life with the gods in Heaven.
d. Ba - the heart-soul, which could assume material and non material forms. it enjoyed eternal existence, and could unite with or leave the body at will. it was for the Ka and Ba that food offerings were left in the tomb.
e. Khaibit - associated with the Ba. "the shadow" could also leave the body at will and travel wherever it pleased.
f. Sekhem - "vital force" or "life force" of the individual. it is believed to dwell in heaven with the Khu. it is a term that translators are hard put to define.
g. Khu - the spirit-soul, the immortal part of man which went to heaven as soon as the body died.
h. Sahu - the lasting, incorruptible spirit-body, which incorporated all the ethereal elements of man within it.
i. Ren - the name of a man, believed to dwell in Heaven. the Egyptians were very careful to preserve their names because they believed that one existed only as long as his name was preserved.