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Mummy, The - The Book of the Dead
The Book Of The Dead shown in the movie is a book written in the ancient Egypt ( 2500 years bC ) , when the books were made as rolls of papyrus and not as pages bound with a cover and a hard back. This last technique was developed in the fifth century aC by Irish monks.
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Antonio D'Imperio on 12-13-2000
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gothgirl7@extra.com.nz writes:
Yes, thank you! Finally! We all noticed this as well. I'm glad someone else did. Mind you It probably wouldn't have looked half as exciting on the big screen if it was on a scrappy bit of old paper, like that map that Jonathan found in the "Key". I guess the Americans wouldn't have chased halfway around the world if it wasn't a golden book. Where's the money in that? [Tongue in cheek]
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fishy_angel writes:
You are correct in that binding and the art of actual books wasn't founded at the time the book was supposed to be made. In fact, the idea of the book of the dead in general is totally wrong. There was a "book of the dead" but it wasn't anything like what they were looking at. The book of the dead was a scripture that was buried with the dead in order to guide them through the afterlife. It was written in bits an pieces and nowhere is there a full "book" (as in there was something different in each tomb.) Then again, I might be wrong, so don't hold me to this. I just remember what a book I read once said.
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mayechild writes:
You're right about the book actually existing. The original contained about 200 chapters and while there are copies still around today, none are complete. They were buried with the people, sometimes wrapped inside the linen so the deceased wouldn't misplace it during their journey.
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