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The elephants are routinely forced to touch the heads of pilgrims with their trunks as a form of blessing. But officials say the practice could be putting the animals at risk of tuberculosis.

2010-08-04

 India ritual religion elephant tuberculosis
Mummies of the World features a never-before-seen collection of 150 human and animal mummies and related artifacts from five continents.

2010-07-07

 mummy history religion afterlife corpse tuberculosis genetics mummification