Cultural officials in Kyrgyzstan have caused a stink by allowing the mummified remains of a woman who may have died around the first century AD to be interred. The campaign to bury the mummy was headed up, among others, by a notoriously volatile psychic.
The Culture Ministry organized for the remains to be shrouded in a sheet and transported from Bishkek to the Batken region for burial on October 14 in the village of Kara-Bulak, where they were originally found. A small fragment of skin from the body was kept for further scientific research.
Culture Minister Tugolbai Kazakov said the decision to order the burial was based on concern that the body was in the process of disintegrating.
“According to the customs of our people, leaving a body out in the open like this is not proper. What is the point of showing visitors [to the museum] a body that is fall apart? Why are they keeping Lenin [at the mausoleum in Moscow]? Because he was a leader, that’s why. But what about this woman, who was she? Nobody knows, maybe she was just a regular woman. Who can prove she was a queen or some leader?” Kazakov said.
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