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Egyptian mummies are coming to Halifax

The Egyptian Mummies and Eternal Life exhibit opens Feb. 22
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Haligonians will soon have the opportunity to learn more about Egyptian history.

The Egyptian Mummies and Eternal Life exhibit will make its North American debut at the Museum of Natural History.

"This will be an extraordinary opportunity to see the richness of Egyptian culture and will capture the minds and imaginations of all," said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. "I encourage Nova Scotians to enjoy this amazing journey that showcases 6,000 years of history."

Visitors will get to see more than 100 original artifacts, including mummies, painted sarcophagi and burial items that evoke the mythical, mysterious landscape of the tombs and pyramids of ancient Egypt.

"In ancient Egypt, death was not considered the end of life but a time of passing from one form of life to another, that continued in the eternal afterlife," says a post on the museum's website. "The soul had to be prepared for this journey into immortality, to be reincarnated in its own body, which had to be preserved forever."

"The exhibition ... offers clear explanations of misconceptions that all the funeral rituals, even the most macabre, did not serve to simply preserve the body of the deceased, but rather to ensure the continuation of life beyond the grave.  "

Egyptian Mummies and Eternal Life opens Feb. 22 and runs to June 21.


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