Essay On Mummification

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The practice of mummification dates back to the third Dynasty, to around 2600BC, but it was only in 21st Dynasty, in c. 1000BC, that the technique was perfected. It took centuries of experiment, and repeated failures, before the ancient Egyptians mastered the complex art of preserving in their dead the appearance of the living. According to Assmann (2014), at the end of the third Dynasty, the embalmers began removing the body’s abdominal organs. This is a fact that is indirectly confirmed by the appearance of Canopic jars, the stone vessels designed to hold these organs. There are seven steps in the process of mummification which are announce the death, embalm the body, remove the brain, remove the internal organs, dry out the body, wrap the…show more content…
After two or three days a person died, the body was delivered to the embalmers. The bodies are washed and cleaned using the water. Then, the embalmers began by removing the internal organs of deceased. Because internal organs have a lot of water, they had to be removed before the body could be embalmed. In ancient Egypt thousands of years ago, the first mummies were made naturally in the desert sand. According to Dunand (1994), where cheap preparations were required, the embalmers made do with sand. After the death of the body of the poor and ordinary people, the bodies are put in hot dry desert sand that keep them…show more content…
According to Bianchi (1982), it is known that a naturally occurring compound of sodium bicarbonate and sodium carbonate called natron is used in order to dry out or desiccate a corpse for mummification. This however remains a great debate among scientists as they are uncertain whether the natron used for drying is in solid or liquid state. There is much significant evidence that corpses were kept in a solution of bitter salt for over a month; and there were numerous lakes of bitter water in the Libyan Desert (Lamb,

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