Mummy worshippers return to Swansea Museum: The mummy-obsessed visitors deserted Swansea Museum after CCTV cameras were introduced five years ago.
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Mummy worshippers return to Swansea Museum
Mummy worshippers return to Swansea Museum
Mummy worshippers return to Swansea Museum

Chanting mummy worshippers have returned to plague a South Wales museum.  The mummy-obsessed visitors deserted Swansea Museum after CCTV cameras were introduced five years ago.

But now they are back, sometimes spending hours prostrated before the remains of Tem Hor, a mummified priest who lived on the banks of the River Nile in Egypt more than 2,000 years ago.

As testimony to an enduring but rather extreme fascination with Egyptology, the mummy worshippers – many wearing robes and head-dresses – STROLL into the display room containing Tem Hor’s bandaged body and involve themselves in “unusual practices”.

Exhibitions officer Roger Gale said: “They were quite a problem before we introduced the security cameras but now they appear to have come back."  He said Egypt and Egyptian remains appeared to have a strong lure to some people with many films dedicated to ancient Egypt, mummies and curses all adding to the mystique.

“It’s hard to say whether they are members of a sect or just individuals with particularly strong feelings for our mummy.”

The nearby Egypt Centre in Swansea Museum, which also has an extensive display of ancient Egyptian remains, has also been plagued by mummy worshippers.

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