The Ancient Egypt Mummies Body Preservation Process
This was a belief among the people of Egypt that preserving their loved ones in this way secured them for a better place in the afterlife. The practice was mostly common among the royalties. After the bodies had been wrapped, they would be buried in pyramids, which were believed to secure and guard them. What created the whole mummy ritual was a discovery made by the locals that the bodies of the dead dehydrated quickly after burial as a result of the extreme heat and salt found in the region. The whole process of preserving the bodies took a whole lot of processes and rituals.
Mummification would even last for seventy days before the mummies were ready for burial. This was done by first getting rid of the body organs. Internal organs are believed to have been the major causes of making the body rot. It would also have been hard to dry the whole body with the organs still in. These organs would be removed and then washed. To get rid of blood and other toxins. before being dried under the sun or using salt. When fully dried, they would be placed in canopic jars-containers. The body on its part would be cut on the left side to remove the internal organs-liver, intestines, stomach and lungs.
The heart was never cut as it was the center of intelligence and emotion hence was important to the body in the after life. To remove the brain, a sharp instrument was used to remove it via the nose-the brain was thrown away since it was never perceived as important in the after life. To remove excess moisture, the body would for the next 40 days get packed with natron salt from the Nile. The ancient Egypt mummies would then be rubbed using oil to clean them from impurities. Open body parts would then be sealed with wax.
When the body got dried completely, it would be wrapped with yards of pure linen to have a thickness of at least 20 layers. This took approximately 2 weeks. For a single mummification, hundreds of fabric would be used. The ancient Egypt mummies would then undergo some cultural rites before the burial ceremony was performed. If the dead person’s family was wealthy enough, they would get the mummy several coffins in which they would be buried in.
However, only the wealthy had the capacity to afford this luxury. It required a lot of special care and financing. Linen back then was as expensive as it is today. This is why you find that only the elite, the royals and the Pharaoh’s got mummified using this procedure. If anyone disobeyed these cultural practices, a curse would engulf them and their family.
It is worth noting that Ancient Egypt Mummies were done on wealthy and influential persons in the society who could afford this service.