Brazil's National Museum went up in flames tonight, massive flames at that. It's a total loss, millions of priceless historical artifacts turned to ash in seconds, including a 10,000 year old naturally preserved mummy, the oldest such mummy in the Americas. I am feeling beyond devastated and helpless at this moment. To lose history is to lose our own humanity is to lose everything.
@letthewatersroar They don't know yet. But the museum staff did complain of its severely dilapidated state before the fire.. and they were ignored, which is just unbelievable to me. Words can't even begin to describe the depths of my sadness to this tragedy. Tragic doesn't even begin to describe it..
@StQuelleSurprise Arts and culture always seem to be the first things dropped, or ignored by governments. They're often seen as optional luxuries by politicians which is maddening.
I have no idea how fast the fire spread but I wonder if they managed to rescue any of the artefacts...I really hope so.
What a dark day :(
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