Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Exhibition: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Daily Titan

Historians have always been fascinated by the culture of Egyptians and their unique approach to life, death, mummification and the possibility of resurrection.

Media has shown, however, that it is not only historians who are intrigued by the Egyptian view on death, but everyday people as well; books and films still continue to thrive about these intriguing people.

The largest collection of ancient Egyptian funerary material outside of Cairo is held at The British Museum. The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana has collaborated with them to present "Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt ... Treasures From the British Museum," so Southern Californians can experience the wonder as well.

The exhibition holds 140 objects, which includes 14 mummies and sarcophagi, and is the largest exhibit of its kind to be shown by the British Museum outside of Britain.

"We speak of death as one of the great rites of passage of human existence. Whether we believe that life continues beyond death, or ends at that moment, or whether we admit that we do not know, death is a door through which we must all pass," said Curator John Taylor regarding the exhibit.

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