What are the 8 steps of mummification process? 🇪🇬🇪🇬
1. Purify the body
Before the embalming process can begin, the body is washed in water from the Nile and palm wine.
2. Remove the internal organs
A small incision is made in the left side of the body and the liver, lungs, intestines and stomach are removed. They are then washed and packed in natron before being placed in canopic jars.
The heart is left in the body as it is believed to be the center of intelligence, and will be needed in the afterlife.
3. Discard the brain
A rod is inserted through the nostril into the skull and used to break apart the brain so that it can drain out of the nose.
The liquid is then thrown away as it is not thought to be useful.
4. Leave to dry
The body is stuffed and covered with natron, a type of salt, which will absorb any moisture. It is then left for 40 days to dry out.
5. Stuff the body
Once again, it is washed in water from the Nile and covered with oils to help the skin stay elastic.
The natron is scooped out and the body is then stuffed with sawdust and linen to make it look lifelike.
6. Wrap in linen
First, the head and neck are wrapped in strips of linen, then the fingers and toes.
The arms and legs are wrapped separately before being tied together. Liquid resin is used as glue.
7. Add amulets
Charms called amulets are placed in between the layers to protect the body during its journey to the afterlife.
8. Say a prayer
A priest reads spells out loud while the body is being wrapped in order to ward off evil spirits.
He will often wear a mask of Anubis – the god associated with the embalming process and the afterlife.
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