¡¶Book of The Dead ¡·narrated by Actor Tom hiddleston with his sexy voice and King's English.
Thomas William "Tom" Hiddleston (born 9 February 1981) is an English actor. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), and he rose to prominence through a number of TV roles and more recently major film roles. He played Loki in the 2011 Marvel Studios film Thor, Captain Nicholls in Steven Spielberg's World War I film War Horse (2011), and Freddie Page in the British drama The Deep Blue Sea alongside Rachel Weisz. He played author F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris (2011). He returned to his role as Loki in The Avengers (2012) and is set to reprise the character again for Thor: The Dark World (2013).
In 2013, he won MTV Movie Award for Best Fight and Best Villain for his role as Loki in The Avengers. (From wikipedia)
Audio text :
To the ancient Egyptians death marked the end of one journey and the beginning of another.
After death all ancient Egyptians believed that they must leave behind the green fertile farmlands of Egypt and the waters of the river Nile to travel to the afterlife. They hoped that afterlife would be a perfect place that resemble the beautiful landscape of Egypt they have left behind. It was called "the Field of Reeds." But to reach the afterlife they had to make a dangerous and frightening journey. This spirit had to cross the netherworld, which was the land of the dead, ruled by the god Osiris.
"Hail to you, Osiris. Turn your face to the west, that you may illumine the two lands with fine gold. Those, who are sleep, stand up to look at you. For to you belong it eternity and everlasting." The ancient Egyptians believed that it was very important to prepare for this journey. How would they ward off hostiles spirits and poisonous snakes? How would they avoid burning fire and scolding water? And why did the monster Devourer always look so hungry?
When wealthy ancient Egyptians died their bodies were mummified. The mummy was placed in a tomb with special objects to protect it and to help the dead face the parrels of the netherworld. One of the objects was a roll of magic spells and pictures. This is now known as the book of the dead. The mummy stayed in the tomb, but its ba spirit in the shape of bird could fly away from the tomb to explore the netherworld and to try find a way through. In order to do this the spirit of the dead person would have to pass through gates that were guarded by the gods and avoid being caught in their nets. They would have to battle with snakes and crocodiles and protect themselves against blood-thirsty monsters. The dead person use magic and spells from the book of the dead to help them overcome these obstacles. "Oh you, the spine would work your mouth against this magic of mine. No crocodile which lives by magic. Shall take it away!" At the end of each day the ba spirit returned to the mummy and the tomb.
The final and the most important stage in the journey of the dead was the trial in the hall of judgment. The dead person¡¯s heart was weighed against the feather of truth. If their heart proof too heavy they would be condemned and eaten by the monstrous Devourer. If their heart balanced on the scales the dead person would be allowed to enter and to remain forever in a perfect world: traveling across the skies with the sun god Ra or tending their crops in a perfect landscape that resembled the green fertile banks of their beloved river Nile.
Are you prepare to make the same journey? Can you discover how to use the spells of the book of the dead to help you on your way? It is time now to go into the exhibition and meet the god Osiris, and the monstrous Devourer.