Mummification Process

Mummification Process

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  • First, a doctor would have determine someone's death, and then a messenger would inform everyone of the person's death. To prepare every one of for mourning period and the ceremony.
  • Ptolemy is now dead
  • He's dead everyone!
  • Second, embalmers would take the body to a tent or a building called an embalming workshop, priests would maintain these buildings. Often times, priests would have to step out to get away from the rotten smell.
  • *Gag*
  • Third, embalmers would clear out the bodies internal organs. The first to be removed was the brain, embalmers would extract the brain using a hook, through the nose. Next, embalmers would cut a small slit on the left side of the stomach of the body and take out the internal organs. They would then rinse the inside of the body with oils and spices and liquids. Lastly, they would stuff the body with linen or straw or some other similar material. The heart remained in the body because they believed it to be the most important part of the body.
  • Fourth, the body would be placed on a slab covered in either natron or natron salt. The purpose of this was to dry out all of the moisture from the body to prevent rotting. They left the body out for about 40 days.
  • Fifth, after the body had been properly dried they would wrap the body in linen. First, the body was anointed with oils, then the embalmers would place an Eye of Horus charm in the slit in the stomach. They would then carefully wrap the bodies in linen, in between each layer they would place charms, amulets, and inscribed papyrus sheets. They believed those were lucky charms. Lastly, mummia would be used as a shroud to "glue" the wrappings together.
  • Lastly, the procession ceremonies had to occur, the Opening of the Mouth and the Weighing of the Heart ceremonies had to occur. The Opening of the Mouth ceremony was where priests would touch parts of the body with religious instruments. They believed that doing so would allow the persons soul the ability to eat, see, and hear. The mummy was then sealed in the tomb with their worldly belongings and the Book of the Dead. Another ceremony that occurred had no witnesses. It was necessary to determine if the person would have a happy eternal afterlife or a tortorous one. It was said that the goddess Maat and Anubis would weigh the humans heart to a feather. If the feather and the heart weighed the same, then they would have a happy afterlife. If the heart weighed more, the soul would be fed to a monster.
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