China。Xinjiang。mummy in Turpan 新疆吐魯番地區乾屍群
Many ancient cemeteries were found in Turpan area. We met one of them in our second day in Turpan, called Subashi ancient cemetery. After unearthing, some mummies and the funerary artifacts were sent to special place for managing or exhibiting. For instance, there is an exhibition hall called Hallmummy Exhibition Hall in Turpan museum, it brought us a special experience of museum.
Subashi ancient cemetery, located beside the road.
Astana ancient cemetery
Hallmummy Exhibition Hall of Turpan museum
This exhibition hall shows many related funerary artifacts and knowledges, these materials are classified based on period, or unearthed locations. Some related knowledge is introduced, such as the Islamic burial customs. After all, Islam is main religions here. Ancient Shamans funerary artifacts are showed here as well, from these materials, people can understand a bit about religious and culture in early human history.
Shamans and funerary artifacts
I think it is valuable to visit Turpan museum, especially time is not enough. Because the Hallmummy Exhibition Hall shows many stuffs that collected from wide distribution ancient cemeteries. Instead of going each of cemeteries, we can visit just museum and learn similar. Moreover, it has not only Hallmummy Exhibition Hall but also other valuable exhibition, such as Giant Rhinoceros fossils exhibitions.
When I saw many mummies and knew related conditions, I can understand why there are many adventure fantasy fictions are set Xinjiang as backgrounds. Because many mysterious things happened here, for example, the disappearance of the ancient culture, exist many ancient tombs and so on. Authors can take any one as material and write wonderful stories.
When I talked this topic with our driver Xiao Bao, he thought these fantasy fictions authors might not fabricated casually the stories. As a locals and tour guide, he spend much time in Xinjiang and nearby regions. Many years ago, he had some mysterious experiences in these regions, and found there are similar descriptions in fictions.