7.5 – SECRETS OF THE MUMMIES (11.28.14)

DEATH IS NOT THE END [6b]

Vatican City. April 2, 2005. Pope John Paul II dies, bringing his historic 26-year papacy to a close. His corpse is chemically preserved and transported to St. Peter’s Basilica for public viewing. In a funeral service watched by millions, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger speaks of the beloved pontiff’s soul being guided to the “eternal glory” of Heaven. His body is then interred in a large, underground tomb beneath the church.

“We can see that a great deal of care was taken to preserve Pope John Paul’s body. And the idea is that death, in fact, is just the beginning of this journey.”

– William Henry (Author / Investigative Mythologist),
(Author, Freedom’s Gate), (The Judgment Day Device),
(Lost Secrets of the Watchers), (The Secret of Sion),
(Egypt: The Greatest Show on Earth)

“Many modern funerals, those that take place in Europe and the Americas, many of the initial ideas actually have their roots in Ancient Egypt. In ancient Egypt, bodies were mummified and put into sarcophagi that resemble human beings. And this is still done today, in many religious traditions, including the Roman Catholic Church.”

Ken Jeremiah (Author, Eternal Remains)

Mummification is any process used to prevent the decaying of the body that naturally occurs after death. The preserved body of Pope John Paul II is, essentially, a mummy. And, in fact, modern-day mummies can be found all over the world.

When Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died in 1924, Russian scientists preserved his body by removing the organs and replacing them with a secret system to simulate the movement of bodily fluids. The process has kept him looking astonishingly lifelike to this day, and was also used to preserve the bodies of Joseph Stalin and Ho Chi Minh. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, and Chinese emperor Mao Zedong also remain preserved in remarkable condition. But it is not just world leaders who are being mummified. Anybody that is embalmed at a funeral home is, in effect, undergoing a type of mummification. But why do so many people go to such great lengths to preserve the body after death.

“Our ancestors believed in an afterlife and that the proper ceremonial rites at time of death allowed the departed to travel to the reward, to the next life, which was often imagined to be in the heavens, the stars, and that this travel allowed the person to come into their full reward.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“All over the world, people continue to preserve bodies and it’s because there is this idea of living forever; that death is not the end, it’s a beginning it’s a transitory state. For some reason, everyone has this idea that we need the body to live forever. If people truly believed there was a spiritual essence that infused the body, that left at the moment of death, they can’t justify mummification.”

Ken Jeremiah (Author, Eternal Remains)

What can explain the fact that, for thousands of years, in cultures throughout the world, people have held a belief that the preservation of the body is necessary to transition into the afterlife? Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe clues can be found hidden beneath the desert sands of Upper Egypt.

The Valley of the Kings. Located on the western bank of the Nile River lies one of the most expansive burial grounds in all of Egypt. The tombs were constructed between 1539 and 1075 BC, for pharaohs and other nobility. To date, 63 tombs have been discovered in the Valley of the Kings. One of the best preserved is that of Pharaoh Ramses VI, who ruled from approximately 1145 to 1137 BC.

“More than 4,000 years ago, King Ramses would have started digging this to become his tomb. Or, as he called it, his “House of Eternity.” For Ancient Egyptians, a tomb wasn’t just a place where they would end up dead. A tomb was a place where they would start their eternal life.”

Ramy Romany (Egyptologist)

The Egyptians believed that, in death, the soul would split into several parts, and begin the journey to the afterlife. But to make this transition, it was essential to reunite the soul with the physical body. And while the Egyptians were not the first to mummify their dead, no other ancient culture went to such great lengths to preserve the body, and ensure entrance into the next life.

“Ancient Egyptians would put a body that needed to be mummified in a dry room. They would first take out the internal organs, and they’d pack that body with natron salt to start the drying process. And then they would remove the brain. Then they would rinse the body with sweet-smelling oils and cover the entire body in natron salt and it would stay that way for about 35 to 70 days. Once the body was all dried out, they would wrap the entire body, putting amulets and other special jeweled objects in the linen and then once it was completely wrapped and be done.”

– Tori Randall, Ph.D.
(Curator, Physical Anthropology, San Diego Museum of Man)

The Egyptians understood the most important factor in mummification the removal of fluids, which ensures that bacteria cannot survive and the body will not decay. Although archaeologists have discovered much about how these mummies were prepared, the Egyptians left behind no texts or instructions on mummification. Just how the Egyptians came to create this complex practice remains a mystery. But they did leave behind extensive records regarding their thoughts on the afterlife.

“This right here is a very good depiction of the journey of the afterlife with King Ramses.  You see him here on a solar barge being protected by all the different gods behind him, goddess Isis and god Osiris. This right here is god Anubis, and god Anubis is the god of the mummification.”

Ramy Romany (Egyptologist)

“The most important story in Egyptian mythology is the god Osiris, how his brother, Seth, coveted his brother’s power and killed him. Then his wife, Isis, in grief, got help from Anubis, who then helped Isis breathe life back into him, to survive into the next life with the help of Anubis the inventor of embalming and mummification.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“The mummification process in Egypt is often related to the star Sirius which we call the Dog Star. And the mummification rights were overseen by the Egyptian god Anubis, who was a jackal-headed god. And so you have to wonder if Anubis wasn’t some real, physical, extraterrestrial god.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“The ancient Egyptian temple walls are covered with images of transformation, and what it reveals is that their core sacred science was about human transformation or ascension into celestial beings. So, you wonder is it possible it’s because those who originally taught these concepts came from the stars?”

– William Henry (Author / Investigative Mythologist),
(Author, Freedom’s Gate), (The Judgment Day Device),
(Lost Secrets of the Watchers), (The Secret of Sion),
(Egypt: The Greatest Show on Earth)

Could it be that the ancient Egyptians’ beliefs about the afterlife were influenced by extraterrestrial visitors? Was it from these visitors that they learned the process of mummification? And if so, what was their ultimate agenda? Perhaps the answers can be found in ancient mummies that predate the Egyptians by thousands of years.

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