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10 July 2003 @ 12:44 pm
In the land of dreams...  
So, last night, I talked with an ancient Egyptian priest/scholar in an Indiana Jones-style excavation dream. What he said, I feel, was colored mostly by my own theories on the Egyptian belief of the afterlife, rather than "tapping in" to any person or idea outside of myself, but it was interesting regardless.

This dream was filmed in very vibrant reds and some brilliant whites. We (a non-distinct me and a team of unknown archeologists) were in a mansion in Egypt, where we found a secret passageway that lead down to a tomb that the building had been constructed to hide. Inside were the usual artifacts, and the priest, still alive after thousands of years. I asked him how it was possible for him to survive so long, and how he carried on the traditions of a culture and religion that were now all but extinct. His exact words to me were, "We (ancient Egyptians) are much closer to death than to extinction." How I understood what he said was that he and the people of his time were well accustomed to death, and had a close enough relationship to it that he could understand it. Converse with it, even. There was a kind of kinship between himself and his afterlife. Because of this, he was able to live, and keep his beliefs alive, even when they should not have been. There was no mistake in my mind that that is what he meant.

As I said, this dream was Indiana Jones style, and so of course, that's when the Nazis came in. They wanted to steal the artifacts and take the priest away to understand his secrets of death. There was a gunfight and some sneaking around, but we finally trapped them in a room in the mansion and locked them in.

That's when I woke up.
Mood: tired
Corpsus Hypertexticusspacemummy on July 10th, 2003 11:15 am (UTC)
that's when the Nazis came in.

I want to use this phrase in as many situations as I can today.

"So I went to eat a cheesburger. I was down to my last fry, that's when the Nazis came in. They took off with my dessert."

I know, I know. I was going to clean the kitchen, but that's when the Nazis came in.

The party was at its peak, everyone was dancing, that's when the Nazis came in.
Mellenabsentmammoth on July 10th, 2003 09:35 pm (UTC)
May it serve you well, my son.
Mandafee_b on July 10th, 2003 12:12 pm (UTC)
My analysis
I think that's a mix of "Still Life with Woodpecker" (pyramids) and "Jitterbug Perfume" (immortality/death).

A nice mixture, I must say. I'm still reading JittPer, having trouble finding the time to open the book. Without AIM, I have to make many more phone calls to keep up with friends.
Mellenabsentmammoth on July 10th, 2003 12:59 pm (UTC)
Re: My analysis
See, and I kinda thought it was like Waking Life, but you make a good point.

Good books, those two. You can read another when you come back home!
Tejano Samsquanchamp23 on July 10th, 2003 01:16 pm (UTC)
this dream makes a lot of sense, when you consider how removed from the deaths our daily activities are causing that most aren't even aware of (or are aware of and actively ignoring)

hey, that gives me the brief glimmer of good news i was looking for. from one perspective, we're doing most of the rest of the world great service by bringing them closer to death. yay

so in the end, we're only hurting ourselves when it's all said and done by denying ourselves that relationship we need to cultivate to survive...
Mellenabsentmammoth on July 10th, 2003 09:34 pm (UTC)
Exactly how I felt about it.

Only with more Nazis, apparently.
Tejano Samsquanchamp23 on July 10th, 2003 10:59 pm (UTC)
and really, what good is an allegorical dream about our screwed up relationship with death without nazis?

it just ain't the same