The Diva Mummy

2004 ,    »  -   14 Comments
Ratings: 8.15/10 from 60 users.

Over 2,000 year ago a brutal time of war became a splendid time of wealth. Lords and ladies lived it up in luxury. They wanted to go on forever and some of them did. China is one of the world's oldest civilizations and a modern economic juggernaut.

Day and night bulldozers churn up its ancient soil, carving out the foundations of China's future, uncovering an incredible mystery of its past.

No one's found anything remotely equivalent to this. There's nothing else like them anywhere in the world. How did people who died 2,000 years ago become what may be the best preserved ancient bodies ever found? They look like living people. They move like living people. When you look at their intestines and other internal organs they're about as close as you get to a well preserved fresh body today.

Who was the woman that many have called the world's most perfect mummy? This is something you never even find in Egypt. Tutankhamun, for example, comes out as sort of shriveled up little desecrated corpse compared to the extraordinary preservation of this woman. Throughout life they thought of little else then continuing life after death. There was a consensus that immortality was there to be taken if only you could get the formula right.

In 1972, China isn't yet the economic powerhouse we see today. It's the time of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution. China's leader calls on devoted youths, named Red Guards, to rid their country of decadent ideas. In this time of turmoil officials in the city of Changsha announced one of the most astonishing archaeological discoveries ever made in China. Work crews digging through a hill had stumbled on an ancient tomb. Inside they'd found the body of a woman who'd been dead for more than 2,000 years. A body reported to be unlike any other ancient body ever found.

Chinese scientists met to discuss the new discovery, but no one wanted to take responsibility for examining the ancient corpse. It was not a good time to fail, especially when Premier Zhou Enlai, one of the most powerful men in China, expected you to succeed. Premier Zhou told the people not to touch ancient treasures unless they were absolutely sure they wouldn't destroy them. He said that if they damaged them they would be disrespectful to their ancestors and to their country, so they generally left anything found in ancient tombs alone.

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14 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Adrian Kelly

    Excellent video ruined by the over-loud, and unnessary background music and sound affects!

  2. bill

    How about the strange power of a pyramid and the orgonne box effect?

  3. dewflirt

    Excellent doc for goldfish, Chinese water torture for humans. So repetitive! Some interesting bits but eventually my brain shut down and now, like a snippet of half remembered song, I have '2000 years ago' ringing in my ears. Watch it though, the juicy lady is worth it :)

  4. electrode

    I agree totally , makes it difficult to concentrate.

  5. knives

    Fascinating discovery

  6. Mitch Hayworth

    Terrible soundtrack drowns the banal commentary. Rubbish production overshadows any wisdom that might be within. Crap

  7. Richard Neva

    Without a faith in God they are dead living souls!

  8. jackmax

    How is have faith in a mythical supernatural being going to help anybody and what is a dead living soul?

    You seem to think that your magic man is the answer to all of the situation we humble humans may find ourselves in.

    Would it be fair to say that the evidence to date is more convincing that your magic man is nothing more than the lead figure in the world biggest selling novel ever written.
    Do you believe in any of the following; the easter bunny, the tooth fairy and father christmas?

    If you don't believe in those fairy tales how is it that you believe in the biggest fairy tale of them all.

  9. Richard Neva

    I believe that Jesus Christ is my savior, sorry about you!

  10. jackmax

    So you believe in fairytales.
    Do you still sleep with the lights on so the boogey man doesn't get you whilst you sleep?

  11. Laura Rosar

    I don't understand why people can't do what the this type of forum is for?, comment on what you've just seen. Not on what the others commenting implies about them or their belief system !!?, now I'm doing it too!! The doc was very informative but a little to much like an infomercial for me almost like they were trying to "sell me something" !! LOUD and repetitive. I had seen films about her year's ago a very interesting subject.

  12. Kenjo Monti

    Was really wanting to watch this, but the LOUD oppressive soundtrack over the narration over powered it. We could could only watch for a few minutes before it was turned off.

    Interesting subject but dang do a better job with sound editing.

  13. sarah

    really trashy garbage production with little content. whoever made this should be forced to PA on "real housewives"

  14. nancy

    Melon seeds are "medicinal." They were probably being used to treat her high cholesterol, but they could also have been used to treat phlegm, blockages, and intestinal worms. She probably wasn't yukkin' it up at a dinner party 1 hr before she died but being treated by a doctor.

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