The gold tongue was probably a special ritual to ensure the person had the ability to speak in the afterlife before the Lord of Death, Osiris.
The Egyptian civilization was one of the most prosperous ones in the world at the time. It was a great time for knowledge and power as well. We got the great pyramids that are nothing short of an engineering marvel. The treasures that lay under the pyramids are not unknown, making them the target of grave robbers over the years. The ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife and sending away their dead with enough material wealth to be comfortable in the next realm they would go to. Archeologists have been exploring sarcophagus over the years and have come across some really interesting finds.
In the most recent discovery, archaeologists have found 16 human burial chambers at a temple, Taposiris Magna, on the outskirts of the Egyptian city of Alexandria. Among them, two of the people buried were found with golden tongues, making it a very intriguing find. The mummy is said to be 2,000-year-old. According to the head archeologist, Dr. Kathleen Martinez, who is leading the excavation, the gold tongue was probably a special ritual. In a statement released by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Martinez explains that it was probably done to ensure their ability to speak in the afterlife before the Osirian court. Osiris is the Egyptian Lord of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead.
Martinez also explained that the two mummies had also preserved the remains of scrolls and parts of the cartonnage. "The first with remains of gilding and bearing gilded decorations showing the god Osiris, the god of the afterlife, while the other mummy wears a crown, decorated with horns, and the cobra snake at the forehead," the statement said. "The chest of the mummy shows a gilded decoration representing the wide necklace from which hangs the head of a falcon, the symbol of the god Horus." Horus was the Egyptian god of the Sky. He was the son of Isis and Osiris.
OSIRIS— grandsketch (@grandsketch1) June 19, 2019
Egyptian God of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead
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According to Live Science, archaeologists had previously found a hoard of coins decorated with the face of Cleopatra VII. This indicates that the temples were in use during the queen’s reign. The researchers also came across several statues that depicted the people who were buried at the site. These statues were so well preserved that it was easy to tell their individual hairstyles and headdresses. The statues also did not show these people with smiles on their faces and indicated that it was probably a formal look.
“That these mummies have golden tongues is fascinating,” Martinez told The New York Times. “Very little information has remained about the Greco-Roman period in Alexandria. The discoveries we have found in this necropolis are not only extraordinary, but they also indicate that there are more secrets to reveal.” The archeologist is also hoping to be able to find Cleopatra’s burial at the same site. The legendary queen's burial has been a matter of great intrigue for years. Chances of finding her the Taposiris Magna is most likely because of Cleopatra’s intense identification with Isis.
"What brought me to the conclusion that Taposiris Magna was a possible place for Cleopatra's hidden tomb was the idea that her death was a ritual act of deep religious significance carried out in a very strict, spiritualized ceremony," Martinez told National Geographic. Egypt heavily depends on tourism for its income. These excavations come at a time the country is making a concerted effort to draw visitors to the country following the global halt on international travel following the pandemic.