You might be familiar with mummies as being monsters
you dress up as on Halloween, but they are actually a big
part in Egyptian history! Back then, people would embalm
the dead bodies of important people, such as pharaohs or
important scribes. This is known as mummification. Not
everyone could afford this special treatment, but they got
the best they could get. To make a mummy, embalmers
would conduct a special process. They would drain all of
the fluids out of the body so that it wouldn't decay. Then,
they would remove the brain with a special hook. They
would also remove the stomach, intestines, liver, and lungs,
except they would put each of them into one of the Canopic
Jars. They would not do this with the brain because they
believed it was not very important. Next, they would use
a special salt called natron and leave the body in it for
40 days. After that, they would wrap the body up in
linen cloth. They would put it in a sarcophagus and later
place it in a large tomb, filled with the person's possesions
and items that they would need in the afterlife, such as food
and couches.
I hope you enjoyed reading about mummification.
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