A podcast of fascinating facts! What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom from Texas have in common? What is a “number station“ and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy? Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining and hilarious deep-dive into obscure facts from science, history and pop culture. A new topic each week!

October 20, 2022

Mummies and Death Rituals

Every society faces an inevitable dilemma: what to do with dead bodies? Join Shane and Duncan as they travel across the globe and throughout history to explore Sky Burial, plastination, "Dancing with the Dead," and the most famous death ritual of all: mummification. 


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In this episode:  

  • The World's Oldest Known Burial Site: Qafzeh
  • Death Rituals Around the World
  • Famidihana: Dancing With the Dead (Turning of the Bones)
  • Buddhism and "Sky Burial"
  • Viking Funerals
  • South Korean "Death Beads"
  • Western Funerals
  • Mummification
  • Autolysis and Decomposition
  • Putrefaction
  • Intentional vs Unintentional Mummies
  • Otzi the Iceman
  • Juanita, the Peruvian Sacrifice
  • Egyptian Mummies
  • The Book of the Dead
  • The Ka, the Ba, and the Akh
  • The Journey Through Duat
  • The Hall of Maat
  • The Judgment of Anubis
  • Heart-Weighing
  • Ammit
  • The "Most Perfect Method" 
  • King Tut (Tutankhamun) 
  • Howard Carter and the Discovery of King Tut's Tomb
  • The Death Mask
  • The Legacy of Mummification
  • Plastination
  • Vladimir Ilyach Ulyanov Lenin
  • Summum: The Mummy Cult

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