Egyptian Journeys 4of6 Building for Eternity 720p HDTV x264 AAC MVGroup
Published on: Oct 12, 2016 @ 12:38
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Dan Cruickshank discovers the ingenious techniques that the ancient Egyptians used to make their pyramids, temples and mummies last forever, driven by their obsession with magic and the afterlife. The Egyptians believed they could live forever – that death was not necessarily the end. But to enjoy the afterlife depended on preserving the important things from this life -their bodies, possessions and monuments. Dan explores how the ancient Egyptians pioneered remarkable ways of preparing for eternity. He visits the colossal, indestructible pyramids at Saqqara and Giza as well as the massive stone temple at Dendera, and examines the mummification process that allowed the Egyptians to keep their bodies intact long after death. The religious belief in the afterlife dominated the lives and deaths of everyone in the land, and meant that hundreds of monuments were built to survive, and can now help us understand their beliefs. Above all, thousands of mummies found all over Egypt bear witness to how they thought, more than any other culture in history, that the preservation of the human body after death played a part in the everlasting survival of the spirit.