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Review of Joann Fletcher Documentary-Part Two




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The second part of Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings airs tomorrow on BBC2 at 9pm.  David Butcher reviews the programme:

"Joann Fletcher told us last week how Kha and Merit, a Theban couple from 3,500 years ago, passed their days. This week she unravels the elaborate world of their death – more important for an ancient Egyptian, since this world was merely a dress rehearsal for the perfect afterlife. 
"The complexity and beauty of the Egyptian religious beliefs is fabulous: after your death Ma’at, the goddess of truth, weighs your heart on scales against her feather of truth. If it’s light and free, you proceed to the afterlife; if it’s heavy with sin, she tosses it to a hideous creature to be eaten – and that’s your lot. 




 Joann Fletcher investigates the Ancient Egyptian attitude to death, revealing that to them life was just a dress rehearsal for the perfect afterlife that they were trying to reach. Joann clambers into rarely visited tombs, explores a treasure trove of long-buried objects and examines mummies to discover just why they spent a fortune preparing for death - and what they hoped to find when they got there."

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