Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Mummies from Yemen

Yemen Times

I've been keeping this one for a slow news day. It's a very intersting piece in its own right, but there's a paragraph comparing mummification in Yemen and Egypt.

In ancient Yemen, people believed in life after death. Their belief in resurrection was essential to ensure a safe passage to the afterlife for their dead. Mummification was an important step to ensuring one's afterlife in ancient Yemen. However contradictory to their belief, not only the dead lost their way to the afterworld; sadly, the mummies have never crossed the boundaries of their tombs. So where did all the mummies go? . . . .

It is hard to differentiate between Yemeni Mummies and the Egyptian ones, as there is absolutely no information and studies, but the only difference that we can tell for now is that mummies in Egypt took everything they could with them , furthermore there tombs told the story of their lives. The Yemeni ones, on the other hand, are different because they just took with them a small weapon, food, and a ring on one of their toes. Specialists inferred the main goal was forgiveness from the gods (Al-Rahman Thi Samawi) and they would give themselves to their gods asking for peace and love.

See the above page for the full story, which is accompanied by two photographs.

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