A modern theory reveals why pharaohs mummified their dead and it’s not what you’d expect.

The process of mummifying mummies, which Egyptian and international scholars have always attributed to the procedure as an attempt to preserve the bodies for the afterlife, is no longer believed to be the reason for this complex process, according to a British theory. modern.

According “The Guardianthe process of mummification was a means of transforming the dead into a “form accepted by the gods”. Far from ensuring the survival of individual traits, mummification aimed to make the occupant of the tomb conform to a divine formula.

“The idea we inherited from the Victorians, that everything was done to keep a corpse as it was in life, is not right,” said Campbell Price, a leading Egyptologist whose book will accompany the ‘exposure.

“It’s flawed, and we now believe it was meant to point them toward godhood.”

Price and a team of curators from an upcoming exhibition, will invite the public to examine the evidence for themselves in the New Year, when golden pharaonic mummies appear at the newly refurbished Manchester Museum.

The exhibition will reopen on February 18, according to The Guardian.

The eight mummies, along with 100 other artefacts, have been sent on an international tour during the closure of the museum, which will reopen in Manchester, while Price’s interpretation of the historic embalming process will be confirmed in all its stages.

“You have to imagine a time when, not only were there obviously no photographic images, but also very few mirrors, so people didn’t know what they looked like. The whole question of individual facial features was not so important,” Price said, adding, “The ideas behind ancient portraiture and statuary were also very different as a result.

Price now wants to discredit the colonial theory of early archaeologists:

“When people look at a face inside a mummy and say, ‘Oh, they looked like us,’ that’s just an illusion,” he said.

Price is an active member of the Egypt Exploration Society, which was founded in 1882 and now challenges the old “colonial” approach.

More recent scholarly interpretations, Price said, stem in part from the work of Christina Riggs, whose recently published book “Treasured: How Tutankhamun Shaped a Century,” about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. King Tut, the famous pharaoh whose tomb was found intact in November 1922.

Sharon D. Cole