Monday, September 05, 2005

A Sad Obsession

Egypt Today item about the history of how mummies have been treated since the nineteenth century: "The history of mummies is a long and sad one. Had Egypt’s ancient civilizations been able to fathom the degree of shocking desecration to which their dead would be subject, they might have thought twice about embalming them for eternity. Mummies have been treated with the utmost disrespect: dug out, reburied, dug out again, sold, bought and even ground to make medicines or paint pigments. They have been shipped around the world and put on show — their unwrapping staged as part of some circus-like exhibition".

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