During an early team brainstorming session, Chris speculates on food in the Egyptian afterlife.
The Ancient Egyptians believed that a person was the sum of three (or depending on which Ancient Egyptian you ask, up to nine) parts: a body, a Ba, and a Ka. After death, the Ba and the Ka left the body but stuck around to help one another in the afterlife.
The Ka was like a ghostly projection of the dead person – a feature-for-feature replica containing his life force - and was able to move about the tomb, though it had to be sustained by the offerings of real or pictured food and drink that was left for it by priests or relatives.
The Ba was his personality and character. It manifested as a man-headed bird-like creature that could leave the tomb at will to haunt the mortal world or go for take-out, to bring back to feed the Ka. Some would point out that this is where Chris's burger analogy breaks down, and that it was the Ka that ate the burgers, not the Ba. Two things should be taken into consideration: First, “Ba-burger” sounds way better than “Ka-burger”; second, some funereal paintings show the Ba eating too. Maybe this mystery runs even deeper than we thought. Did the Ba and the Ka share the burger? Did the Ba eat the ba of the burger, leaving the burger's ka for the Ka? Did pictoral burgers have bas and kas?
Maybe we should conclude this discussion by asking, “Why does it even matter?” and leave this mystery to people who actually care and have too much time on their hands. Maybe we are not supposed to know the real truth. Maybe the only people who knew are all dead. And maybe some questions make more sense than the answers. One thing we can be sure of: There are no such things as Bas or Kas . . . or Ba burgers for that matter.