I am researching that specific feature of ancient Egyptian religion
whereby the speaker identifies himself with a deity. I call it 'auto-
apotheosis', but is there a formal term for it among scholars? It goes
back at least to the PT, is prominent in the BD and in the PMD, but how
was it understood by the ancients? What were their expectations when
they used it? Does anyone know where I can find some scholarly
treatments of this particular magical manoeuvre?
It seems like the ancient writers simply charged ahead and deified
themselves, often with multiple divinities of either sex.
So amazing, profound & intriguing, yet so enigmatic! Iamblichus does
touch on it at points and says the "divine emblems and symbols" empower
the priests to identify themselves with the gods. The emblems he lists
are the familiar painted images of the winged sun disk, Re in his boat
and Harpocrates on the lotus.
Perhaps you have already had such a discussion and can direct me to the
past files? Thanx!!