Thousand years of Life!
Thousand years of Life!
We all have heard of Egyptian mummies and were astonished at some stage of our lives right? But modern science has quite explained how the bodies were preserved for like thousands of years! By using various salts and chemicals! Yes, it does not sound quite a new thing for us. How? Well we do make pickles don’t we? Alright alright this is food and okay it is not going to preserve our mangoes and carrots for thousands of years. But the basic concept is the same whether it is a treat for your taste buds or not!
All of us do believe that one day or the other we have to die. Every soul has to taste death. But our ancestors, most commonly the elite class which includes the kings and the queens or emperors, thought of something that every man ever lived would have wanted- to escape death or to have a very prosperous life after death. It maybe a part of the cultural traditions. If you ever heard of mummies you might have had some idea of the history of human psychology and culture behind it. As a first year medical student, the greatest ordeal for me was to step inside the dissection hall. It gave me nightmares for months! The first thing that we ever observe is the body is shrunken, the bony prominence are very much clear and there is contracted musculature that has begun to decompose or is already undergoing the process. In medical terms the contracture is called Rigor Mortis which is because of lack of the enough energy required to relax the muscles. Anyhow, a common observation is contracted, immovable joints. The bodies that we study in our Anatomy sessions are no different even though they have undergone embalming procedures. The point is, it is IMPOSSIBLE for us to think that a human corpse can be preserved in the way a fresh body could look like!
I thought the same until I heard about this wet mummy concept of China. In 1970s some archaeologists found a tomb and inside it a mummified body. When the body was exposed, it was thought that this might be only composed of some bones or may be just like the Egyptian mummy concept. But! But! But?! It was really very surprising to see that the mummy has a wet body, just like someone would expect from a fresh body. It was actually possible to move and flex her arms and legs. You read it right! The mummy was of a woman who died two thousand years ago according to the archaeologists and experts! Xin Zhui got fame when her tomb was found inside a hill in a city of China. She was the member of a royal family.