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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Vi.] The Postulant of Immortality. 203

Self-Created Being who knows no beginning
and no end. On the second is the figure of the
departed standing before Amen, the Hidden
Deity. The third contains simply a blank
stele or Egyptian form of tombstone. And
that stele, as we learn from the very ancient
papyrus of Unas, the "prophet of the Pyra-
mid," was fashioned in the form of a false door
for the pyramidal entrance, the entrance, that
is to say, which lies on the seventeenth course
of the northward face, and which is oriented
by the northern star.

In that moment of silence, the departed is
alone. The friends have left him. The sun
of earth, which from his earliest years has
greeted him, is for ever hidden. The " Gate
of the Earth" is passed (xvii.) ; and the
Catechumen of Wisdom has been accepted as
the Postulant of Immortality. Dense, utter
darkness is before him ; but under the direc-
tion of Anup, the guide of souls, he passes on
beyond that Gate of the Ascent, where the
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