I do not remember reading any of this in your excellent articles, Andy - so does anyone believe any of the following to have any veracity?
Something interesting that ties in all of the cult of the dead speculation with bees and egypt ... honey used as embalming fluid.
Here is a scholarly article of someone reproducing the effect:http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=6&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smj.org.sa%2FPDFFiles%2FNov04%2F08Embalming20040279.pdf&ei=00POSqyLAYPQ8QabspSDBA&rct=j&q=honey+ambrosia++mummification+&usg=AFQjCNHDwuIVmLhYxbTEcOR-xF4JClUKJA&sig2=WG78iDvzyjM2NlIBE_34ww
Somewhere - I do not remember exactly where now - somebody was also relating a rumor of "mellifed man", where corpses embalmed in honey were used for medicinal purposes. There is an entry at Wickedpedia
- does anyone know if that is true? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mellified_Man
And how about Ambrosia? Food of the Gods - amber, honey, and mummies (oh my!)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrosiahttp://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Mythology/Ambrosia.html