Saqqara: Djoser's Step Pyramid and Heb-Seb Court / Teti and Unas' Pyramids: Pyramid Texts
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September 27th, 2003 – by: genkeeper
A Heb-Sed Court is the court in which the Pharaoh runs the Heb-Sed race during the royal jubilee festival. During this ritual the king's right to rule and his royal powers were renewed. In this race, held thirty years into the Pharaohs rule, and sometimes sooner (especially with Pharaohs who had short reigns), the Pharaoh raced the Apis bull. If the Pharaoh won, then he continued to be Pharaoh; If not then well too bad for him, he was no longer virile enough to be king and it was the next guys turn to take a stab at it.
Not to be discounted at Saqqara are all the other fine burials and smaller 5th and 6th Dynasty Pyramids.
P.S. This was a no photo pyramid, don't you love my pics from inside Teti's Pyramid!
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