Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wordy Wednesday #61: A Real, Live Mummy

She was of average height for the times, all of 4'6" tall. Obviously, she came from a monied background, or whatever passed for "monied" in ancient Egypt. Otherwise, she wouldn't be on display thousands of years later. She would have been wrapped in run-of-the-mill fabric and buried a few feet down. But her family was wealthy, so she got the full mummification treatment. And so she can be seen today, lying in state, as it were, so 12-year-old kids can "Oooooh" and "Ahhhhh" and "Gross" and imitate her "facial" expression.

R.I.P., Egyptian lady.

[I took this photo during Eldest's field trip to the very cool Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum last week. That's one place I think all three kids would enjoy visiting. There's even a tomb tour! Okay, it's a re-created tomb but, dude, pretty cool nonetheless.]

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Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Seeing this picture reminds me of my trip to Egypt nine years ago. Thanks for sharing!

Patience said...

The mummies look cool and all, but I don't really think we would want anybody disturbing our graves 10,000 years from now and putting our ugly decomposed remains on view for kids to make fun of!!

Unknown said...

Great pic. Shouts out to the Egyptian lady for entertaining the kids.

Winks & Smiles,

movin down the road said...

this reminds me of when I used to go to le brea tar pits in california growing up. ew.

Janet said...

That would be fascinating.
But Patience's comment is EXACTLY why I'm being cremated. (Not now of course, later, after I'm actually dead.)


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