New Revelation: Egypt's Mummies Weren't Made to Preserve the Dead

An intriguing revelation about ancient Egypt's mummification process has come courtesy of the new Golden Mummies exhibit opening in February at the Manchester Museum. Researchers at the museum point out that the real reason bodies were mummified in an elaborate burial ritual was to prepare and ensure the spirit's existence in the next realm, not to preserve the lifeless body. The misunderstanding began with Victorian researchers, who assumed that mummification was similar to how they preserved fish in the 1900s through salt.


That's the impression I had. It was all about getting them to the right place in the afterlife.

It is interesting how various and many things point to the spirit not being decoupled immediately from the body at death, but rather instead that the body needs to be preserved, if possible, untouched for a period of time to facilitate a less jarring separation that may lead to negative side effects that may occur in more destructive separations - such as cremation. It makes sense why many believe that cremation is non-desirable method for "burial".

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Folks , this is truly a fascinating discussion thread - the concept of reincarnation of the soul , as compared to the resurrection of the dead body...hmm !


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