Adams, Walter M.
The house of the hidden places: a clue to the creed of early Egypt from Egyptian sources — London, 1895

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his revision of my work. In the present
book the same analogy is worked out in much
fuller detail—not completely indeed, for that
may well need the labour of years ; but suffi-
ciently, I would hope, to present a clear basis
for further investigation in either direction.
In the case of the Kitual, we obtain what
appears to me to be a consistent and intel-
ligible analysis of that hitherto impenetrable
creed, through the gradual transformation of
the faculties in successive stages of illumina-
tion. With regard to the Pyramid, we are
led to suggest a spiritual and most far-sighted
purpose for its construction. For in that
marvellous edifice, the very stones of which
in their silent harmony seem to rebuke the
idle charges of folly and pride heaped by
ignorance upon the architect, we have nothing
less than an indestructible and immutable
symbol of the national religion.

The value of the general theory here pro-
posed depends therefore, it is evident, upon
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