Yes, amazing color. Makes you wonder what other temples must have looked like it their glory days.
The 19th Dynasty pharaohs were probably conforming to traditional forms at Abydos. For example, if it was known that cartouches at Abydos should be written in a certain way, this custom would have been followed by Seti, and regardless of how they might have been written elsewhere. Surely the preference of the reed vs. bee has been commented upon by Egyptologists.
Horemheb initiated an Old Kingdom revival by identifying closely with Djoser (Biblical Mizraim). Ramses trumped him by assuming the role of Horus Aha (Cush). Abydos was the first burial ground in the dynastic period, due to its association with the god Osiris. I think this is the site where the head of Osiris was said to have been buried.
Djoser became a leading Osiris figure in the early dynastic period. Ramses had much to do with turning Horemheb into an Osiris as well and succeeding him as "the true Horus".
I was surprised by the mural showing a deified Seti and with Ramses II still as a (pre-pubescent) youth. I don't have an explanation for that one. Ramses II should have been easily past the age of 13 by the time of his father's death. But perhaps Seti is showing himself as a god while he was yet alive.
Inspector Clouseau, at your service.
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