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By Brian Bowers
It goes without mention that the world has always been and always will be fascinated with Egyptian culture. From pop culture references, to the endless scholastic endeavors, the Egyptians historically and contemporarily are ever-present in the popular imagination. On November 19th and 20th, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston will be presenting a lecture entitled Why Mummify? Egyptian Religion, Medical Theory and the Funery Arts.
Dr. Robert Ritner, Professor of Egyptology at The Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Program on the Ancient Mediterranean World in the Department of Classics, and in the College, The University of Chicago will present the fascinating lecture. Exploring classic religious concepts such as Osiris & Anubis, it will highlight ideas about death and the role mummification played in Egyptian mythology. The belief is that the combination of medicine and mythology contributed to the widespread practice of mummification as part of Ancient Egyptian rituals.
The lecture will be free with regular museum admission and is open to the public. You can attend Friday, November 19, at 1:30 p.m. or Saturday, November 20, at 4:00 p.m. in the Caroline Wiess Law Building. To get more information on the lecture, click here.