When someone dies in today’s world, we just put them in the ground six feet under, or have them cremated. In the ancient Egyptian times, the process that was done after someone died was nothing like ours. In ancient Egypt, when an individual died, it was very important for their body to be preserved. If their body was not preserved, then the human body would decay and they would not be able to recognize them. Not only were human bodies made as mummies, but the ancient Egyptians also mummified cat bodies when they died. Many times the cats would be placed in their own tombs with the essential things they needed in order to live in their after life.
The human bodies would also be placed in wonderfully built tombs with all of the items they needed in the afterlife. The items included pants, gauntlets, their jewelry, food and more. There is no doubt that the process of making the mummy was complicated and could last for up to seventy days. Today, you find mummies walking around for Halloween, but in the ancient Egyptian times, mummies were not portrayed as being something scary. There is no doubt that the process of making the mummy was complicated and could last for up to seventy days. Today, you find mummies walking around for Halloween, but in the ancient Egyptian times, mummies were not portrayed as being something scary. The thought of mummification is powerful.
Egyptians went through a lot in order to not only mummify the body, but to build the tomb. The Egyptians always prepared themselves most of their lives for the afterlife. Those individuals that had the money, paid to be preserved before they died.
Speaking in afterlife, afterlife when an Egyptian died is where they believe they would journey to. It was thought to be another world where they would live a new life. In the afterlife they would need all of the things they used when they were living in the normal world and that is why the families would put all of their belongings with them when they died. The poor people of Egypt were buried in the sand, while the rich would be buried in a tomb.
The tombs were painted with nice scenes from the deceased person‘s life. The mummy‘s internal organs were placed in four individual canopic jars. One canopic jar would be facing North, the other East, the third South and the fourth would be facing west.
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