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Decomposing and Recomposing the Ancient Egyptian Body

Decomposing and Recomposing the Ancient Egyptian Body

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Decomposing and Recomposing the Ancient Egyptian Body

Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall, Level Three, Emory University 

Tasha Dobbin-Bennett, Assistant Professor at Emory’s Oxford College, will discuss the different approaches the ancient Egyptians took to recognizing, managing, and revering the natural deconstruction of the body. While there is no doubt that mummification was an incredibly important element of the ancient Egyptian mortuary sphere, other natural transformations of the physical body were just as critical to the post-mortem process. Much like many other components of the ancient Egyptian worldview, decomposition was recorded in the religious texts in both negative and positive ways.

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