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Ancient Egyptian Mummification Process

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Transcript of Ancient Egyptian Mummification Process

Ancient Egyptian Mummification Process
Step-by-Step Process
Now, let's break it down...
Step 1: A hook is inserted through the nose and wiggled around to turn the brain into a liquid, which can be drained.
Step 2: A slit is cut in the left hand side of the body to remove the organs. It is only a small slit and is eventually covered over with a gold plate.
Step 5: The body is covered in natron, a type of salt, and left for 40 days to dry out so that it doesn’t decay.
Step 3: The body is washed and purified so that it is clean as it enters the afterlife.
Step 4: The liver, lungs, stomach and intestine
are removed and put into canopic jars.
The heart is not removed because it is the
pharaoh’s soul.

Step 6: The body is covered in oils and resin to keep it preserved and protected, as well as keep it smelling nice!
Step 7: The empty stomach is filled with resin soaked resins to protect it and stuff it so that it looks more natural.
Step 8: A make-up artist puts make-up and a wig on to the pharaoh to ensure that they are looking good when they enter the afterlife.
... And Finally!
Step 9: The body is removed from the natron and is darker and smaller, like a grape turning into a raisin.
Step 10: The body is wrapped in linen and amulets are added. The body is then placed into the casket with the ‘book of death’ and cartouche to identify the pharaoh.
Embalming: To preserve a corpse from decay.
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