Egypt Unwrapped: Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife (2008)

National Geographic

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Relentless demons, writhing serpents, the lake of fire and final judgment from the god Osiris. Ancient Egyptians believed that these and other terrifying obstacles challenged their pharaohs in the afterlife. The hieroglyphs in the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I most clearly illustrate the 12 perilous gates a dead king had to navigate to achieve resurrection. Enter Seti's tomb with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Zahi Hawass as he traces this king's arduous journey through the netherworld. To the ancient Egyptians, life after death was a high-stakes underworld journey fraught with terrifying obstacles: fiery lakes of death, battles with bona fide monsters, and ultimately eternal death or resurrection with the sun. It's a journey each Egyptian believed was real, and for the pharaoh the stakes were even higher—the entire cosmos depended on the king's successful journey and resurrection. Now, new excavations are revealing what the Egyptians believed they'd encounter on their afterlife journey. Today Dr. Zahi Hawass is excavating a mysterious tunnel at the very bottom of Seti's tomb, far below the surface of the earth. This is a true Indiana Jones-style quest in which Dr. Hawass will put his own life in jeopardy for the sake of discovery.

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