posted on Jan, 4 2013 @ 10:10 AM
I have some thoughts. Please forgive me if some of this is rehashed, because I read the entire thread yesterday and can't remember everything
everyone said. I don't want to take credit for an original idea of someone else.
Ancient Egypt has fascinated me since I was a child and visited the Indianapolis Children's Museum. They had some ancient artifacts and some
recreations and ever since then I've been hooked. Mummification is something that really fascinates me. How could knowledge of something that was
seemingly so commonplace have been lost forever? Blows my mind. BOOM ha ha
Well, I had often wondered how these craftsmen honed their skill. I mean, they had to practice on something, right? So why not small animals?
Someone mentioned this earlier and I forget who, sorry. Yes, it does sound sad that they killed these cute little puppy dogs just to practice on
them, but is that really so different from what we do today? We dissect fetal pigs in biology class. Also, I'm sure they may have had a problem
with stray animals scavenging or going feral. The Animal Shelters here in America euthanize thousands of animals every year in order to keep their
populations in check. You can't just let their numbers go unchecked (especially if they didn't have the ability to spay a female dog ( I figure they
could castrate a male, but sterilizing the females is the best way to prevent unwanted births). So, maybe the equivalent of the ancient Egyptian
Animal Control was out there catching strays and turning them over to these mummification schools to practice?
Another thought here. Two words- Pet Cemetery. That movie scared the heebie jeebies out of me as a kid. But I digress. Maybe these were beloved
family pets? Maybe when Fido passed away your dad didn't dig a hole in the back yard and your family had a little funeral; instead, you took him to
the mummification school. Maybe it was sort of like getting your hair cut at a beauty college? They would mummify your beloved friend and companion
at a discounted price and bury them in their pet cemetery. It would be a win-win for everyone.
Anywho, just a couple thoughts. Not saying I am right, but it is fun to speculate. Thanks for indulging me.