Egyptian Book of the Dead

Cultures for generations have wondered “what comes next”? Is this all there is?

In Ancient Egyptian culture the afterlife was seen as almost more important than life on earth and often individuals were thought to have had to go through tests to be allowed into the eternal afterlife.

Much like how many view heaven today, the afterlife in Ancient Egypt was available to the good and just.

Watch this video to learn more about the Book of the Dead and what it represented.

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Persepolis and Islamic Revolution

If you have not read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, then you are truly missing out. If you are at all interested in modern history this is a personalized memoir account of growing up in Iran in the 1980s and coming into adulthood in the 1990s. You can also watch the movie for much of the same context and history.

It details what it means to be a child in a tumultuous war zone and trying to make sense of the lies told by powers that be, versus the truth known by family and record.

As an American it is important to understand much of these international conflicts and the roles that we play in them. For the Islamic Revolution it meant that we supported the overthrow of a dynasty for a dictatorship. Then when Iraq went to war against Iran in 1982 the U.S. supported Saddam Hussein. Which inevitably contributed to conflicts in the 2000s.

Though not an expert on these conflict and American involvement it’s important to know that we played a part well before the war on terrorism.

For more reading:

Oxford Journals

NPR

Iran Revolution