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Egyptian Mummification site and Second Great Mummification Site
everyone knows about the Egyptians, known for the great pyramids and the ancient
artifacts they left behind, and the famous river they lived on the
The process all begins with the deceased body being brought to a funeral tent. Usually the people made into mummies were the pharaoh himself or high nobles who had the money or trade goods and could afford such a luxury. Some people ask what is so great about having your body preserved. But it is stated in the book of the dead that in order for ones Ka to come back and walk the earth he still needed a host body to walk around which is where preserving the body of the living must come in.
Once the body has been brought to the funeral tent the first job is to remove the bodily fluids from the deceased body because it would cause the body to rot to keep such a vile liquid in the body. First a hook is inserted into the nostrils to break the cartilage of the nose, then once the hook has been inserted you draw out the brain in chunks or you move the hook around inside the brain cavity to reduce the brain to a fine liquid, then the body is flipped upside down so the brain is drained out into a basket or some jar, since the brain had no value to the Egyptians they discarded the brain. Then came the job of removing all the organs. A cut running along the side of the body was made by one single person, after word that the person was thrown out of the tent in great ceremony for defiling the body of the deceased. Even though they only did the stoning for the ceremony to the gods to show that they would punish anyone who defiled the body, they knew it was an important step that needed to be done.
Now they got to work carefully taking out the organs. Four specific ones the intestine, liver, lung, stomach were carefully preserved, washed in palm wine and then salt they were then wrapped in yards of linen and stored in jars called canopic jars, these were protected by four gods which once the burial took place they would be in the chamber with the pharaoh. Then the body itself was washed inside and out with a palm wine and stuffed with spices to keep a semi-fresh smell to the body. Then the body was laid on a slanted table were the body was covered in salt so it would soak up the fluids and any fluids not picked up by the salt drained into the basin at the lower half of the slanted table. The body was left for forty days to dry. Then the people mummifying would come back to the tent to complete their work.
The embalmers would carefully remove the salt and then would proceed to wrapping the body in at least forty yards of linen. Individually wrapping the fingers before wrapping them as a whole. In between the yards of linen protective amulets such as the eye of Horus were placed in the mummy along with jewelry and other adornments. Once the mummy was wrapped a coat of resin was put over the mummy to make sure it would stay preserved. Then the body would be set in its coffin. Usually there were three coffins. The outer coffin usually one with gold plating and semi precious jewels, the middle coffin usually not as important but it protected the inner coffin so it was usually made of stone. The inner coffin was made of wood and contained the mummy itself. The mummy once placed in its coffin was given a ritual by one of the embalmers who put on the jackal head dress of Anubis the go d of the dead.
Once the mummy was done being embalmed,
a process that took seventy days, it was time to take it to its burial place.
Since the pyramids
were found not to be such a good place to bury mummies because of the tomb
robbers they moved them to the
Hopefully this information has widened the minds of many who think that the Egyptians mummies are full of curses, and that their world of death was not one to fear but one to rejoice in because they didnít see death as the end but a form of a new beginning.