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The matter of matter; body disposal is not the only option when there are so many preservation methods for those inclined to live fast and leave a pretty corpse. Image
One Catholic tradition sought to preserve the physical state for as long as possible. These are the ‘incorruptibles,’ like Bernadette Soubirous, a miller’s daughter from Lourdes whose body has lain unravaged by time in a grotto since her death in 1879. Image
Catholicism has a strong tradition of reliquary; many pilgrimage traditions were created around body parts and bone fragments of dead saints. Image
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#Discovery | Archaeologists unearthed 27 #sarcophagi in an ancient #Egyptian city of the dead. They've been sealed for more than 2,500 years.

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More than two millennia ago, 27 Egyptians were laid to rest in #Saqqara, an ancient city of the dead. Their organs were removed, and their bodies wrapped in linens. Priests placed them inside wooden boxes adorned with hieroglyphics.

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The #mummies stayed buried in those #sarcophagi for 2,500 years — until their recent discovery by Egyptian archaeologists. The finding is one of #Egypt's largest in over a century.

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