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Bryce Minor

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Transcript of mummification

Mummification The ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife. The afterlife was a heavenly place, complete with a heavenly Nile River. The ancient Egyptians called this heavenly place the land of the Two Fields. In order to reach this land after death, the corpse had to be prepared properly. The process had a certain procedure. First, the body was taken to the tent known as 'ibu' or the 'place of purification'. There the embalmers washed the body with good-smelling palm wine and rinsed it with water from the Nile. The liver, lungs, stomach and intestines were washed and packed in natron which dried them out. The heart was not taken out of the body because it was the center of intelligence and feeling and the man would need it in the afterlife. The dehydrated internal organs were wrapped in linen and returned to the body. The body was stuffed with dry materials such as sawdust, leaves and linen so that it looked lifelike. In the past, when the internal organs were removed from a body they were placed in hollow canopic jars.
Over many years the embalming practices changed and embalmers began returning internal organs to bodies after the organs had been dried in natron. However, solid wood or stone canopic jars were still buried with the mummy to symbolically protect the internal organs. The body was cleaned, dried and rubbed with good-smelling oils. Now it was ready to be wrapped in linen. By:Bryce Minor It may seem a little odd that in this present day and age, there are people who want to be mummified and kept preserved in some way without decaying away. They're now looking for a more memorable way of passing on from this life, making the idea come off to others as both weird and creepy. Death is now looked upon as something that one cannot just give-in to the old way, with modernized methods being introduced to make your departing, well... something to talk about. The heart, which ancient Egyptians believed would be weighed upon entering the afterlife to determine if the person had lived a good life, remained in the body.  By the 4th century AD, many Egyptians had become Christians and no longer believed that mummification was necessary for life after death. Eventually, the Egyptians gave up the art and science of making mummies. Are people still Mummified? What Happened To Mummification? Why Was The Heart Not Removed? Bibliography
http://www.chiddingstone.kent.sch.uk/homework/egypt/canopic.htm 8th Grade AIG
Mrs. Carson The body was now covered and stuffed with natron which dried it out. All of the fluids, and rags from the embalming process were saved and buried along with the body. After forty days the body was washed again with water from the Nile. Then covered with oils to help the skin stay elastic.
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