"Denial" — it's not just a river in Egypt. It also describes the way ancient Egyptians dealt with death, denying that it represented the end. For them, death was instead the glorious beginning of another phase in the life of the spirit. Instead of being buried in some ignominious grave, forgotten and left to the mercy of the elements, Egyptians (that is, the Egyptian elite, pharaohs and members of royal courts) had their bodies mummified on death and wrapped in protective coverings; these were then laid in elaborately decorated sarcophagi, which were then placed in profusely decorated, hidden tombs along with statuary, food and equipment that might come in handy in the afterlife. Ancient Egyptians... More >>>