Hi! Today we are going to talk about priests. Priests resided in the 3rd social class. They were very respected and had a good life. There were different types of priests too, temple priests, burial priests, dancing and singing priests. Priestesses were considered equal to male priests also.
There were rooms called sanctuarys, or holy rooms, and they were believed to contain the god's spirits inside of them. Only a priest who had purified himself could enter the sanctuary. There were many steps a priest had to take to be purified. He had to avoid certain foods, such as fish. He had to cleanse his body by bathing in holy pools, three or four times a day. He also had to shave off his body hair.
When someone dies the priests use a process called embalming to preserve there organs. First they take out all of the insides, not including the heart, then they put them in a jar and preserve them for about 70 days. Then they take the insides and wrap them in linen and then wrap the linen around the dead body. After this they put them in a wooden box and put them in a burial chamber.