YouTube Documentaries about Mummies

Although the recent discovery of a 2500-year-old Persian mummy has proved to be a fake, the word ‘mummy’ is generally believed to derive from a Persian word, mummiya, meaning ‘bitumen’, used to describe the blackened state of ancient Egyptian bodies. The term is now generally applied to all human remains which retain their soft tissue, either by natural means or artificial preservation.

Yet lost beneath the fiction and the hype is the fact that these totally fascinating, wonderful ‘artefacts’ were once living people, and preserving them in as lifelike a way as possible was actually regarded as a way of providing a permanent home for the soul whilst effectively denying and ultimately cheating death itself.

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