Aton was honored to be part of the burial of the Pharaoh. He was to be part of the opening of the mouth ceremony, albeit not the Pharaoh’s mummy but some of his servants and attendants. He was able to see the Book of the Dead and memorized the words the high Necromancer used in the spell to reanimate guardians of the pyramid, so he could later inscribe them into his spellbook.
My mouth is opened by Ptah,
My mouth's bonds are loosed by my city-god.
Thoth has come fully equipped with spells,
He looses the bonds of Seth from my mouth.
Atum has given me my hands,
They are placed as guardians.
My mouth is given to me,
My mouth is opened by Ptah,
With that chisel of metal
With which he opened the mouth of the gods.
I am Sekhmet-Wadjet who dwells in the west of heaven,
I am Sahyt among the souls of On.
He watched as the Necromancer held the adze – a copper and stone blade to the mummy’s mouth granting the corpse the ability to “breathe” and speak in the afterlife. Similarly he uttered spells and conducted rituals on the mummy’s arms legs and the rest of the body. They were brought to the mortuary temple – and that was as far as Aton was allowed to go. He wished he could see the mummification of the Pharaoh! He knew they would be sealing the secret passageways and creating wards and barriers.
He made note of the special tools that were used to perform the ceremony; a ritual adze an arm shaped ritual censer, a spooned blade known as a peseshkaf, a serpent-head blade, and a variety of other amulets. Finally a calf was offered to the corpse and when the corpse came to life, it consumed its life energy. Although this was a lesser animation and not a rite of transition – in which the spirit of the person would be bound – in a lesser part to this plane of existence. The spirit of this person was gone but his body was left behind, which was a great honor as it would serve his pharaoh for all time!
He was only in the capital for the past couple weeks and he could not believe the amount of training and information he was gathering. Just being able to get a glimpse of the Book of the Dead was amazing! He had made a number of friends that had come from the other houses for this celebration. It was good to meet his peers and they were as eager as he was to learn from the great library, the council and leaders the capital had to offer. The only problem was there was an inordinate amount of strife due to the fact that the Pharaoh had not named a successor. Many upstarts were making claims and there was much posturing and such. A number of murders had occurred and the nobles were on high alert. He had heard the rumors and such but did not take much stock in them. He didn’t know what was going to be done but hoped an arrangement was pending as the chaos was unsettling.