Mummies And Embalming


In Ancient Egypt when a person died his body was embalmed and made into a
mummy. The ancient Egyptians believed that a person's spirit and soul
continued to live after death and that it returned to its tomb to visit.
For this reason it was very important to save the body in as good shape as
possible.

Mummies have been known to last for thousand of years.

Poor Egyptians did not have fancy burials and mummification like the
noblemen and kings and queens. It took about seventy days to make the mummy.
First they took out the inner organ, like the brain, the liver, the
intestines, and the lungs. These were embalmed and put into canopic jars.
For a while the heart was left in its place. Much ...

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of the mummy was covered with a mask that looked like the person's
face. Then the mask was wrapped and the entire mummy was coated with resin.
Finally the mummy was placed in a series of coffins and painted with all
king of gods, goddesses, and magic spells. This was put in a stone
sarcophagus and painted with all kinds of scenes about the person's new
life.

Today X-rays are used for studying mummies and doing autopsies. Because of
this, we have been able to learn a lot about this area in Ancient ...

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