April 3, 2010

Door to Afterlife Found (PHOTOS)

If you're looking for the door to the afterlife, scientists have discovered all you have to do is go to Egypt to find it.

A 3,500 year old door the the afterlife, a traditional part of an Egyptian tomb, was discovered in Luxor near the Karnak Temple, no relation to the Johnny Carson character. The door was part of the tomb of User, who was the chief minister of Queen Hatshepsut, a powerful, long ruling 15th century B.C. queen of the New Kingdom with a famous mortuary temple near Luxor in southern Egypt.

The Luxor royal tombs were closed permanently the funeral, as was customary in Egypt, but the tombs of the nobles also often served as family shrines where lavish rituals were performed. On several occasions were they used over again by family members. But because those tombs were not sealed, many of them have deteriorated over time, so it is lucky that this new discovery of a door to the afterlife was able to happen. See below for photos

Door to Afterlife Found (PHOTOS)

Archaeologists have unearthed a 3,500-year-old door to the afterlife from the tomb of a high-ranking Egyptian official near Karnak temple in Luxor, the Egyptian antiquities authority said Monday. These recessed niches found in nearly all ancient Egyptian tombs were meant to take the spirits of the dead to and from the afterworld. The nearly six-foot- tall (1.75 meters) slab of pink granite was covered with religious texts...

Door to Afterlife Found (PHOTOS)

Posted at April 3, 2010 2:39 PM