isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

“Professor Albrecht Muller says: “We may ascribe the introduction of bronze manufacture into Europe to a great race immigrant from Asia some 6,000 years ago, called Aryas or Aryans. …Civilization of the East preceded that of the West by many centuries. …There are many proofs that a considerable degree of culture existed at its very beginning. Bronze was yet in use, but iron as well. Pottery was not only shaped on the lathe, but burned a good red. Manufactures in glass, gold, and silver, are found for the first time. In lonely mountain places are yet found dross, and the remains of iron-furnaces. …To be sure, this dross is sometimes ascribed to volcanic action, but it is met with where volcanoes never could have existed.”

But it is in the process of preparing mummies that the skill of this wonderful people is exemplified in the highest degree. None but those who have made special study of the subject, can estimate the amount of skill, patience, and knowledge exacted for the accomplishment of this indestructible work, which occupied several months. Both chemistry and surgery were called into requisition. The mummies, if left in the dry climate of Egypt, seem to be practicably imperishable; and even when removed after a repose of several thousand years, show no signs of change.

“The body”, says the anonymous writer, “was filled with myrrh, cassia, and other gums, and after that, saturated with natron. …Then followed the marvelous swathing of the embalmed body, so artistically executed, that professional modern bandagists are lost in admiration at its excellency.”

Says Dr. Grandville: “…there is not a single form or bandage known to modern surgery, of which far better and clever examples are not seen in the swathings of the Egyptian mummies. The strips of linen are found without one single joint, extending to 1,000 yards in length.”

Rosselini, in Kenrick’s Ancient Egypt, gives a similar testimony to the wonderful variety and skill with which the bandages have been applied and interlaced. There was not a fracture in the human body that could not be repaired successfully by the sacerdotal physician of those remote days.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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