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Should museums display mummies and other human remains? What do you think?

With Respect
It is important to have exhibitions such as this, which display different cultural heritages. Also, not all of us will visit Egypt in out lifetime, so it is important to still be able to know about their culture to increase both knowledge as well as respect and understanding of other people and their cultural heritage.However,these exhibitions should be displayed with so much respect. The mummies should be honoured. When dealing with something so precious to egypt, we should all strive to traet and respect ...
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Posted by N Perry at 4/04/2007 12:18 p.m. | 0 Comments

 
Miss
I think it should be displayed because it shows egypts beliefs, hard work and effort! ...
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Posted by Jean at 28/03/2007 8:49 p.m. | 0 Comments

 
I think it is up to each individual if they want to see it or not. What remains is just a shell and their is no soul or spirit left in the body so I don't see an issue. But everyone feels differently about it so it is good that if you don't want to see it you don't have to. But I don't have a problem with it. However, only because its thousands of years old. I would have a different view if it were only 50 or 100 years old because the persons relatives would still be alive and it would be disrespectful ...
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Posted by Sarah Kora at 25/03/2007 8:49 a.m. | 0 Comments

 
k
Yes but for a short timr only and then give back to eygpt ...
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Posted by yz at 22/03/2007 11:57 a.m. | 0 Comments

 
human bodys
ys i think they should it is a great exspereance to ancounter ...
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Posted by kimberly at 11/03/2007 4:02 p.m. | 0 Comments

 
Human Remains In Te Papa
I think its a great experience for everyone to see and get to learn about Ancient Egypt and how people lived back then. Also about what happens when you die and how they were buried. The one in Te Papa was in a separate room if you don't want to see it then don't its not a big deal but don't ruin it for everyone else who is interested in it. You can look at the rest just don't go in and see the body ...
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Posted by Erin at 28/02/2007 4:08 p.m. | 0 Comments

 
I Say Yes!
I say yes to the display of human remains and especially mummys! If all these wonderful treasures are kept under wraps, then how are we to learn our histories, our stories? How are are we able to learn from the past? As E states earlier, " to better our futures we must learn from the past". How would you feel if years and years from now, our descendants knew nothing about us simply because we decided to leave no important remains of our civilisations? Yes, many people don't want to see human remains ...
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Posted by Amy Pepper(14,Hastings) at 20/02/2007 2:34 p.m. | 0 Comments

 
get over it...
theres nothing human about a 2700 year old mummified corpse! dont be so P.C as to miss the awesome privelage of seeing an ancient civilisation far more historically important than our own ...
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Posted by matt at 2/02/2007 7:36 p.m. | 1 Comments

 
Framing the Question
I have seen this exhibition a number of times and it is difficult to imagine this very important story without the respectful inclusion of Keku. Over nearly 70 years I have travelled to many parts of the world and have never quite experienced the sensivity to this subject that is shown by your museum, though I think I understand a little about its reason. Visitors to the Duomo in Milan pass the preserved bodies of clergy within the Cathedral. There are open displays of the preserved bodies of "incorrupti ...
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Posted by Jules Clement at 1/02/2007 7:09 p.m. | 1 Comments

 
Learning from the past
Yes!Human remains should be shown.How else are we to learn about ancient civilisations? To better our futures we must learn from the past.I dont see anybody complaining about animal remains being on display? We too are animals?Are we not? Learning should not be censored! ...
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Posted by e at 30/01/2007 9:22 p.m. | 0 Comments

 
Human Remains of egypt
I believe that the displays of human remains is not what we should be showing in the museum but should have been left where they came from not removed to be shown off to the world like some sort of parade. I think that they should not be seen at all in museums and returned to their rightful owners. I wouldn't like it if i had my body parts shown to all of the world its just my opinion but its wrong. have you ever thought how you would feel if you're body parts were being held in a museum and shown to all th ...
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Posted by Kalena Hemi at 27/01/2007 1:20 p.m. | 3 Comments

 
Enquiry Centre
I don't go to see human remains but I have been to see Keko and I think she is happy with the way we have displayed her. I think Te Papa has displayed Keko with thought and respect. Other Museums must take note of how we have done this exhibition. The exhibition is very informative, I went through by myself with staff and then i went though with 3 of my 4 mokopuna (11yrs,10yrs and 7yrs) They pointed out things which I missed or passed over, eg urns which held lungs. I listened to what they were saying ...
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Posted by Jacqui MacDougall at 24/01/2007 11:55 a.m. | 0 Comments

 
Te Papa has been, and is, a world leader in many respects. As part of that we have an obligation to lead thinking around museums. Perhaps it's time to overturn the perception that 'all good museums have mummies'. Do they? Should they? Museums are not static, and neither is museological thinking. Let's keep continuing to lead the way and encourage people, includng our staff and our visitors to ask challenging questions about what museums are, and who they serve. ...
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Posted by Anonymous at 24/01/2007 11:32 a.m. | 1 Comments

 
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