Earlier this year, I went to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. I had not been to that place for decades. You see…the last time I had been there was on a school trip… & I had vaguely any recollection of my experience from back then. Anyway, it was a rainy Saturday afternoon…but the place was packed. Literally, people were shoulder to shoulder & my “3 feet rule” went right out of the window.
So…not knowing where anything was inside the museum, I just meandered around going to and fro. I remember turning a corner, making a right…& going into a darkened area. I looked in front of me…& there was a glass enclosure, containing what looked to be a mummified body. It kind of took me back for a second. I can’t even really explain what I was thinking…I just didn’t feel right. It was like a “Whoooooaaaa!!!” kind of feeling. Like, “What the hell!!!” I felt like I had stumbled upon something that was out of place…something that I had no business seeing. As I think about it now…it may be similar (& God knows I don’t mean any disrespect) to stumbling upon a dead body on the side of the road or something. Again…it would give you that “Whoooooaaaa!!! What the hell!!!” kind of feeling. Why??? Because you know damn well that a “dead body” should not be on the side of a road. Period.
Anyway…So, I walked very slowly in the direction of the enclosure. I wasn’t afraid of it…but, I approached it… shaking my head “no,” with a torn up face. I was thinking, “NO! NO!…NO! This shit ain’t right.” I even had a very sickening feeling in my stomach. It was just awful. I don’t know how else to put it. For me…seeing this…(I don’t even know what to call it) in front of me, was not good. I just knew this wasn’t good. Not at all. It was like I was walking on a space…I had no business walking on. Meaning what? Meaning…I was being disrespectful. This was real…up close…& and to damn personal for me. It was as if God was saying to me, “Child, what on earth are you doing participating in this unholiness? Why, are you here? Get out… and get out now!!!” And, that is what I did. I asked God for forgiveness & moved out of that area so damn fast it’s a wander I didn’t give myself whiplash.
O.k. So, what was the problem with all of this? Why should I have not been there looking at this mummy at the Smithsonian Museum? First of all, not only should I have not been there looking at this mummy…the mummy should not have been there for me to be able to look at. I can’t put it delicately so I’m just going to say it. What kind of sick ass people are digging up buried bodies to put them on display for human pleasure??? It does not make any difference that they were inside of a tomb. These so called “archaeologist” went into a space & dug through ground to get to these tombs. Who does this? And…more importantly…who goes to see it and enjoys it? What kind of people are we?
Think about it… it is no different then if I went to Mount Vernon to George Washington’s family tomb, pulled him out, put him in my car, drove him to D.C. and put him on display in a glass case at the Smithsonian Museum. How many people would be down with that shit? Maybe one or two…but not many. You know…and I know…they would lock my ass up and bury the key (probably somewhere at Mount Vernon) so I would never get out. O.k…with that said…again I ask the question, “What is the difference?”
What in Satan’s Hell gives anybody the right to take these buried Egyptian people in Africa from their tombs and put them on display… anywhere??? Have we no decency and respect in our hearts? Since when is grave robbing considered a good thing? Oh sure, they try and justify it by saying some nonsense like… “It is for educational purposes.” And, I respond, “What??? Has somebody burnt up all the textbooks?” To those who agree with this insanity, I say this: “Well, I tell you what. Let me dig up your ancestors and put them on display. Then…we’ll see if you feel the same way when you see your dead ancestors propped up on a bench in a local park. Oh yeah…& I won’t forget to pin a name card on them so you’ll know… who is who. How about that???”
The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: ‘A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who die,” (Leviticus 21: 1)
The Bible further states, “Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.” (Isaiah 52:11).
Bottom line, the Smithsonian institute has no business displaying Egyptian mummies in their museum. It is unholy and unclean. And, we have no business participating in this unholiness by going to see these despicable exhibitions. Both are offenses unto God.
Iris R. Whiting ©