|MUMMIFICATION TIP #1: MAKE SURE THE SUBJECT IS ACTUALLY DEAD FIRST|
Bored with scrapbooking and baking artisanal breads? Looking for something a little more aboriginal and outré? If you're in New York this weekend and have ever wanted to make your own mummy--and frankly, who hasn't?--you'll have a chance to do that on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 7, at Observatory in Brooklyn. The eclectic arts venue at 543 Union Street will be hosting a class in the authentic art of Egyptian mummification. Classes will last from 1-4 PM.
According to Morbid Anatomy, the funerary techniques will be taught by a "Sorceress Cagliastra" in accordance with ancient weird religious rites outlined in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. An embalmer and medical examiner by trade, Cagliastra (presumably not her real name) will "guide students in the use of the traditional materials such as natron salts, canopic jars, oils and herbs, dried flowers and linen or gauze wraps."
Traditional mummification rituals such as the "opening of the mouth"--whatever the Christ that is (shudder)--will be demonstrated as "part of the creation of an authentic and perfectly respected animal mummy; each student will leave class with an animal mummy of their own making."
From Morbid Anatomy:
"Please note: No animals are harmed or killed for this class; the
materials are found already deceased, obtained either from a food
service such as a meat market that serves a clientele seeking intact
animals, or from a pet feeder supply."
Observatory is located at 543 Union Street (at Nevins), and is accessed through Proteus Gowanus Gallery's entrance. (see map below)
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