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    Posted: 28 Nov 2012 at 10:55
Yesterday in my humanities class, each group of students (about 4 groups) had to bring up a argument about something controversial however we couldn't use things like abortion, homosexuality, religion etc. it had to be related to like archaeology. Anyways my group brought up the subject "Is it right to display mummies in public for everyone to see?" my group members all said yes it's okay because it's better then allowing the bodies to just rot away in a grave rather then being displayed and studied, but me, being a devil's advocate decided to take the roll of no it's not right, it's rude and disrespectful. My whole argument was basically saying that yes we can study the mummies but we can do so without placing it on display in museums for everyone to see.
 I then made a point by saying "What if we displayed you grandmother (in the case that shes a mummy) in front of everyone to see?" that brought up a whole bunch of things like "who owns the mummies? the person who finds it?" then I brought up the issue where Egypt was trying to get the return of numerous mummies which had been brought over and displayed in the U.K my teacher finally joined in and asked "So, do the people who discovered the mummies own them? or does the state?" 
In the end i had like 2 people to agree with me but overall i lost my argument since everyone said that it was better for educational purpose and that they shouldn't be left to rot. The only reason I argued though was because first, I wouldn't want to be displayed dead at ALL, second if many of the bodies were hidden away very well and closed in and buried very well, then it was not meant to be disturbed.
What do you guys think? is it justified to display mummies? why or why not? and do you think we can study them without going around and displaying them?
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I think people just secretly love the truly weird and macabre sometimes The Mummies of Guanajuato, Mexico.

Personally, i wouldn't like my mummified remains being on display. Then again, that probably wouldn't really be my choice in say, 1,000 years time. However, i live in a mostly wet climate with high humidity values. Unless my grave were to be collapsed upon with Texas clay, i think whatever remains of me would have turned into scrumptious worm food long before then. 
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Wow, those images were... I'm not surprised by the comments though that many people enjoy seeing these types of things, but personally, i can't stand to look at mummies especially if there not wrapped up and you can still see the faces partially gone, the only time i could really look at one was the mummy of that 500 year old girl since it seemed like someone who was starved not dead yet but still somewhat alive, I just don't really see why people would enjoy looking at the bodies of people who had died centuries ago.
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I think it is okay for a public viewing of mummies to a certain extent. If it is a perfectly preserved tomb that was found, then it should be out of sight (i.e. the Tutankhamun Tomb because now, several artifacts of his tomb are missing and/or damaged/destroyed in the riot at the Cairo Museum a few years back), but if it is a tomb that all that is left is the mummy itself, then it can be departed from the tomb (unless it is " Lady X", supposedly Nefrititi. That tomb was raided, but the mummies there are very important, and the artwork should be left un-touched by our modern way of destroying things)(an example of a mummy with no tomb is of the recently found Akhen-Aten, who was barely a mummy, but was preserved by the altitude and dryness in the mountains overlooking where he was supposed to be buried).
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I have seen Inca mummies in our local museums. Theirs presence have helped me to understand who really were our ancient natives, and I love them more, and I feel more related to them after I saw those mummies. They were people, and the feeling I have when I see a mummy is that they are real people. You can see theirs hair with the style in fashion at theirs time, theirs color of skin, the real clothes they used. Is like seen a real person frozen in time, something that a painting or a sculpture will never be.
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Originally posted by Panther Panther wrote:


Personally, i wouldn't like my mummified remains being on display. Then again, that probably wouldn't really be my choice in say, 1,000 years time. However, i live in a mostly wet climate with high humidity values. Unless my grave were to be collapsed upon with Texas clay, i think whatever remains of me would have turned into scrumptious worm food long before then.  

You should use a coffin with very thin floor Tongue Normaly muslims don't bury dead with coffin but when it's necessary we do so. 
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