Nobleman’s tomb: a story by Carl Jung

King Khufu's tomb, the great Pyramid of Gizeh, and the sepulchres of his nobles, Egypt-1902. US public domain
King Khufu’s tomb, the great Pyramid of Gizeh, and the sepulchres of his nobles, Egypt-1902. US public domain

“In Upper Egypt, near Aswan, I once saw an ancient Egyptian tomb that had just been opened. Just behind the entrance-door was a little basket made of reeds, containing the withered body of a new-born infant, wrapped in rags. Evidently the wife of one of the workmen had hastily laid the body of her dead child in the nobleman’s tomb at the last moment, hoping that, when he entered the sun-barge in order to rise anew, it might share in his salvation, because it had been buried in the holy precinct within reach of divine grace.” (Carl Jung, CW 9I, para. 239)

Reference: Carl G.Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious – Collected Works volume 9i (originally published 1934–1954)

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