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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who seems always to write in a whirlwind of
miscellaneous indignation. It was indisputably
intended by the founder for his tomb, one
party stoutly maintains,—a tomb in which
he left especial instructions that he should not
be buried, and in which nobody could possibly
have been buried, replies another. It was an
observatory, maintains a third,—where every
place for observation was carefully closed up,
retorts a fourth. It is the " prophetic floor-
roll of human history," screams Professor
Smyth,—with all the dates gone wrong, softly
sneers Mr. Flinders Petrie.

Side by side with that masonic mystery,
well nigh as impenetrable at the present
moment as when the Hir Sheshta, or " Master
of the Secret," was an officer of Pharaoh's
household, has come down to us another
enigma, the strange collections of sacred
writings, or Ritual * of Ancient Egypt, which

* This title, which was conferred by Champollion, is
vehemently repudiated by Mr. Budge, though without
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