Ancient Egyptians used embalming for religious purposes. They believed it to be a necessary procedure so the decedents could enter the afterlife. For them it made sense, as once the person was dead he needed a body to be able to continue living in the afterlife. In the more recent ages, during the American Civil War, for instance, embalming techniques were used in order to preserve the body so as it could have been shipped back home for burial.
Pictures of embalmed bodies dating back to the past as remote as several thousand years are among the few remains we can see now that prove the existence of some now-vanished civilizations, like Incas for instance.
If you type the word “embalming” into the search line, you’ll see loads of articles on the topic and heaps of embalming pictures. Probably the most famous embalmed body is that of Lenin. It draws crowds of people for all over, although he’d been dead for quite a while now.
Last year in Germany in a small town Guben located just on the border with Poland an embalming museum was opened. That event aroused a lot of controversy among the 23 thousand population of the place.
“Plastinarium”, the most unusual museum in Germany is definitely not for the nervous ones. There is a workshop for corpse preparation which is one thousand square meters in fact! Besides the visitors can go to the show room where the results of the embalming process are displayed. The organizers of the exposition wanted it to be useful and educating, and entertaining at the same time; therefore some mummies are the participants of the every day life scenes: they, for example, are playing chess.
Actually, before this extraordinary museum was opened, the whole event arose a lot of controversy in the town. Not many people living there wanted their home to be known for such a tourist sight, a place of attraction. There were even protest actions organized with the help of the church.
However, some of the inhabitants of the place supported the burgomaster who sold the former factory’s building to Gunter von Hagens, that is the man who founded “Plastinarium“. The rate of unemployment in the town which population counts 23 thousand people is the whole 25 per cent. Therefore new workplaces is what’s of vital importance, believes the burgomaster.
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