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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62 The House of Osiris. [Ch.

towards the pole-star, the never-failing light
of the depths, that pointed for the Egyptians
the path to the hidden life. In the midst of
the land where the Nile branched out into the
great angle of the delta, the dominating angle
in the conformation of the valley, stood
Memphis (or Mennofer), the "Holy Place;" the
seat of the double government of Egypt, with
its palace dedicated to the Creator-spirit Ptah,
its cemetery bearing the title of " Blessed
Immortality," like our own " God's Acre," and
its canal called after the Voyage of the Unseen
Waters. There, too, was the territory of
"Sochet Pa," the Fields of the Sun. And
close to the sacred city, on the western bank
of the river, rose the " Pyramid of Light,"
built upon a lonely rock, which faces the great
quarter of the South, the house of Osiris, to
which, says the papyrus of Amen Hotep,
"Thoth," the Eternal Wisdom, "conducts the

A degree of sanctity, peculiar even in that
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