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Egyptian Mummification Process And Rituals

Before the Egyptian mummification process was introduced and then refined, the ancient Egyptians buried their dead in shallow pits in the sand. This actually mummified the bodies naturally; the hot sand dried the body of liquid very quickly, preserving it from decay.
This was the trend in the pre-dynastic period.
But they noticed that the bodies were vulnerable to exposure and wild animals, so they decided to experiment with man-made methods to mummify the dead.
Keep in mind, the reason they mummified was because they believed the body had to be preserved in order for the deceased to be rebornin the afterlife. If the body was lost, so was the soul.
So they started trying to preserve the
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The incisions were sewn up and the body placed in natron salt which covered it completely for about 40 days.
After this, the body was washed once again, and then covered in oil to be ready for step two.
Now that the body is ready, the embalmers handed it over to a priest wearing an Anubis mask to start the second phase of the Egyptian mummification process.

This priest would start the process of wrapping (which took about 30 days and used up to 1312 square feet of linen) with the head and neck.
Then each finger and toe is wrapped separately... then the arms, legs and the rest of the body. The linen was painted with a liquid resin to hold it all together.
The priest chants or reads out spells, and places amulets in the wrapping to help the deceased in the long journey. Sometimes funerary texts were written out on the linen.
The Book of the Dead was sometimes placed between the wrapped-up hands of the deceased.
And for the grand finale, the wrapped body was wrapped once more in a large cloth.

Time for a Proper Egyptian Burial
Now that the body is wrapped and ready, it is sent back to the family for burial. Along with the body, all the materials from the embalming were also given to the family.
Sometimes they would put clothes around the body.
The body is placed in a coffin, which is sometimes placed into a second coffin.
A most important ritual is performed on the mummy - the "opening of the mouth" ceremony.

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