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Eternal Egypt


Mummies
Religion was part of everyday life. The great enduring symbols and masterpieces of Ancient Egypt were all part of an elaborate preparation for the journey which began after death. From Hollywood blockbusters to oriental novelists and from classical verses to video games, the figure of the mummy has fascinated audiences worldwide for centuries. Many modern embalming techniques and methods use the same processes perfected thousands of years ago.


Pharaohs
Tutankhamun, Ramses, Nefertiti… so many familiar names that evoke ancient Egypt at once. Over more than 3,000 years and 30 dynasties, their social organisation has perpetuated one of the richest cultures in human history.
Although not the first, nor the last woman to rule Egypt, and certainly not as well-known as the later Cleopatra, Queen Hatshepsut was the greatest and longest ruling Egyptian Queen. In her royal portraits and statues, she reinvented herself as a bearded male pharaoh, symbolising her authority in a male world.
Mythology
In the early days, there was only a vast ocean of chaos called Nun. Then Ra, god of the sun emerged from a flower. Behind him came the god Shu of the air and the goddess Tefnut of water. Then came the god Geb of the earth and the goddess Nut of the sky. And so, standing one on top of the other, these four became the earth and its atmosphere and Ra became the supreme ruler of this newborn world. Then Geb and Nut were joined and Nut gave birth to Seth, god of chaos, and Osiris, god of the underworld. Their sisters were Nephthys and Isis, the two protectors of the dead. Finally, Isis and Osiris came together and produced the falcon-headed god Horus, but Seth envied his brother Osiris and murdered him, scattering his body over the world.

Symbols
In the early days, there was only a vast ocean of chaos called Nun. Then Ra, god of the sun emerged from a flower. Behind him came the god Shu of the air and the goddess Tefnut of water. Then came the god Geb of the earth and the goddess Nut of the sky. And so, standing one on top of the other, these four became the earth and its atmosphere and Ra became the supreme ruler of this newborn world. Then Geb and Nut were joined and Nut gave birth to Seth, god of chaos, and Osiris, god of the underworld. Their sisters were Nephthys and Isis, the two protectors of the dead. Finally, Isis and Osiris came together and produced the falcon-headed god Horus, but Seth envied his brother Osiris and murdered him, scattering his body over the world.




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