Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #83 – Future
I choose Egyptian afterlife for Ann-Christine’s “future” theme.
Tombs in Egypt evidence elaborate preparations for the next world. Ancient Egyptians regarded death as a temporary interruption, rather than the cessation of life.
The kings of the New Kingdom (c. 1539–1075 BCE), fearing for the safety of their rich burials, adopted a new plan (from the Pyramids) of concealing their tombs in lies on the Nile’s west bank near Luxor. The valley was chosen because it has the natural pyramid shape.
Carvings and paintings in these tombs recorded their belief of afterlife; it allows us to imagine how they lived thousands of years ago.
The mural decoration magically ensured the performance of important ceremonies.
At the end of the corridor is a burial chamber with a stone sarcophagus in which the royal mummy was laid and store chambers around which furniture and equipment were stacked for the king’s use in the next world.
To ensure the continuity of life after death, they paid homage to the gods, both during and after their life on earth.
As we were admiring the past of Egypt, we learned that ancient Egyptians had spent so much effort and time preparing for their future life.
Mummification was used to preserve the body so that the deceased’s eternal soul would be able to reanimate it in the afterlife.
This is how David P. Silverman, Egyptologist at the University of Pennsylvania, explains the discovery effort for the future, “You try to find out what hasn’t been discovered, and figure out where they might possibly be, and then look in those areas.You never know what you are going to find.”