Mummification Process – All about Ancient Egypt

Mummification Process

Mummification process is done in ancient Egypt and in other various countries in the sense to preserve the body and the huge believe in afterlife 

As in ancient time, there was a great belief in an afterlife and the belief of the afterlife comes from the Egyptian legacy. As there was a belief in an afterlife and the medium was through pyramid a dead person was mummified and kept with a lot’s of gold, food, utensils and various thing’s with him/her to get through the afterlife.

Mummification is the process in which a body is wrapped and kept in the coffin which is been placed into the Pyramid. This process was costly so majorly rich people of Egypt use to do this thing.

Embalming the body – Mummification process

First, his body is taken to the tent which is known as ‘ibu’ or the place of purification. Then the body is washed with good smelling palm wine and rinse it with the water of The Nile.

One of the embalmer’s men make a cut on his left side of the body and take out inner body part’s except heart because the heart is known as the center of the body and contain feeling and intelligence into it which is needed for the afterlife. And the part’s are washed and kept into nitrogen packets.

Then a long hook is inserted from nostril to take out the brain.

Hook inserted into nostrils-Mummification Process
Hook inserted into nostrils-Mummification process

In the past, the organs which were removed and stored in nitrons are taken out and kept it in the canopic jar.

Imesty the human – headed God looks after the liver

Hapy the baboon – headed God looks after the lungs

Duamutef the jackal – headed God looks after the stomach

Qebehsenuef the falcon – headed God looks after the intestine 

The body is now stuffed with nitron which will dry out the body completely. After 40 days the body is washed again with the water from The Nile. Then it is covered with oils to help the skin in being elastic.

The body is stuffed with dry sawdust, leaves, and linen so that it looks like a like. Finally, the body is again covered with good smelling oils. It is now ready to wrap in linen.

Wrapping of mummy -Mummification Process
Wrapping of mummy-Mummification process

After this final process the mummy which is made is placed into the coffin as it is known to be the door to the afterlife. The coffin is majorly made with gold and painted brilliantly which is the significant of the royalty of the one who has died. Though this process is lengthy and take’s a huge amount only rich people use to make the mummies.

Putting mummy into coffin -Mummification Process

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