EBOOK ¶ EPUB In Search of the Immortals é Mummies Death and the Afterlife

BOOK é Mummies Death and the Afterlife Í Howard Reid

Everyone knows that the ancient Egyptians were great mummifiers and their sarcophagi and bandage wrapped corpses are familiar images to us all Yet across the vast sweep of history we find many other great cultures in which the bodies of the dead were preserved as a matter of courseIn coastal Peru were the Chinchorros whose mummifying culture flowered several millennia before Egypt's and in the Andes were the Chachapoyas the 'Cloud People' a lost civilization which I found this book on a shelf in a holiday house which is one of my favourite ways to discover new books and was drawn to it as when I was a kid reading National Geographic the mummy articles were always the ones that freaked me out the most and yet the ones I returned to most often I still remember the cover with the Inuit baby in his furry parka so well preserved you could still see his eyelashesThere is something utterly abject and repulsive about mummies and yet at the same time they are transcendent I can't honestly find them beautiful but I can appreciate them as uncanny awe inspiring objectsI'm not sure what I was hoping to get from this book but it turned out to be heavy on the cosmology of various mummy making cultures expounding and in almost all cases speculating on what these peoples hoped to achieve by preserving the bodies of their dead It's also a travelogue as Reid explores sites where mummies were excavated and reflects on his past experiences and travelsFor me the weakest parts of the book were the attempts to draw links between mummy making practices in different parts of the world to imply that these people learned mummification from one another I didn't enjoy his Indiana Jonesy travelogue writing – it reminded me unfortunately of the risible credulity of Graham Hancock whom ironically Reid disses in these pages for the silliness of his ancient astronaut theories Reid uses the structure of the 'near death experience' as a kind of rubric for understanding all forms of mummification but I didn't find it convincingAlso I was annoyed to see Ötzi the Iceman relegated to an 'afterword' rather than discussed within the text because unfortunately for Reid's argument about deliberately preserved mummies Ötzi is an accidentally preserved mummy I was also surprised not to see the Inuit mummies that so fascinated me nor the Christian mummies in the catacombs in Palermo and the Buddhist mummies which are really self mummification through diet and voluntary immuration or even English philosopher Jeremy Bentham who famously reuested that he be mummified after his deathHowever some of the mummy cultures in this book were unfamiliar to me especially the Chinchorro mummies of South America and the Pazyryk of Eurasia and I enjoyed Reid's historical and anthropological descriptions It's a shame that the book seems so dated now as this is such a dynamic area of study new mummy caches are discovered and new archaeogenetic techniues are being used to analyse them

BOOK In Search of the Immortals

In Search of the Immortals Mummies Death and the AfterlifeIcated mummification techniues and whose cultural links with the Egyptians Howard Reid explores here for the first timeTaking his extraordinary first hand experiences of discovering and filming mummies all over the world as his starting point Howard Reid brings these ancient cultures vividly to life And in so doing In Search of the Immortals comes to represent his personal uest to find an answer to that most epic and timeless of human problems the meaning of death interesting good but took a long little while to work through i also happened sadly to read the uncorrected proof copy with grainy bw images it left me wondering where the author was getting all the cash for the travel and immersion trips he was taking seemingly all his life

Howard Reid Í Death and the Afterlife READER

EBOOK ¶ EPUB In Search of the Immortals é Mummies Death and the Afterlife Ú Everyone knows that the ancient Egyptians were great mummifiers and their sarcophagi and bandage wrapped corpses are familiar images to us all Yet across the vast sweep of history we find many other great cultures in whicHas only recently begun to be understood In China's Taklamakan desert the oddly Caucasian looking people who established the Silk Route which made possible the first trade between East and West have left behind stunningly lifelike mummies The ritually sacrificed bodies preserved in the peat bogs of northern Europe give us an extraordinary insight into life in the Dark Ages And in the Canary Islands perhaps most surprisingly of all lived the Guanches whose sophist This is a nicely written and somewhat personal book with colour photographs about the author's uest to discover the meaning of death by taking a look at the cultures that preserved the bodies of their dead Reid starts off in the Old World with the mummies of the Taklamakan desert Siberiathe bog people of northern Europe the mummies of Ancient Egypt and the Canary Islands He then moves on to the mummy cultures of South America the Chinchorros the 'Cloud People' and what remains of the Inca mummies The author provides a description of the preserved bodies how the mummies were created some information about the cultures that produced them and a fair amount of speculation where information is completely absent about the religious views of these peoples and why they preserved their dead in this fashion This book is an overview of the various mummy cultures not an extensive text on the subject I found this book to provide an fascinating glimpse into ancient civilizations and their view of the afterlife OTHER BOOKS The Tarim Mummies Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West by JP Mallory Mummy Congress Science Obsession and the Everlasting Dead by Heather Pringle scientific look at mummies Ice Maiden Inca Mummies Mountain Gods and Sacred Sites in the Andes by Johan Reinhard Bog Bodies Uncovered Solving Europe's Ancient Mystery by Miranda Aldhouse Green Iceman by Brenda Fowler aka how not to do archaeology The s Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World by Adrienne Mayor