Pyramids, Mummies, and Magic: An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Funerary Beliefs and Practices
Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM (PDT)
Irvine, United States
This event is Co-sponsored by the Orange County Society of the Archaeological Institute of America
An examination of the way the ancient Egyptians faced the all-too-familiar problem of death reveals that, rather than being obsessed with death, they were obsessed with life. While reconciled to death as a natural process, they looked forward to an eternal existence; death was the portal to rebirth into a new kind of life. The lecture presents the Egyptians’ preparations for death in terms of the association of three fundamental characteristics of ancient Egyptian culture: pyramids, mummies, and works of art deposited as grave goods.
Lanny Bell is a Visiting Researcher in Egyptology, Brown University
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