Mummy Culture

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Human preserved their corpse through out history. The Egyptians believed that people need a physical body for the afterlife, so they performed mummification. Other mummies were formed naturally; because of the weather condition was cool and dry. The oldest naturally mummified human corpse that the archeologists found trace back to 1963 CE, which was 6,000 years old. It was located in South America at a site named Inca Cueva No.4. The oldest mummy that was preserved by human was a child, which dated around 5050 BCE. It was found in the Camarones Valley in Chile. This mummy was one of the Chinchorro mummies. Chinchorro was one of the cultures in South America, and this culture performed mummification on every members of their society. The tradition…show more content…
The Egyptians believed that people would rebirth after death, which they called it afterlife. So many of their practices were based on their religion. When they reach afterlife, they needed to repossess their body. To successfully repossess, their body must be recognizable. They practiced mummification in order to preserve their body, so they body would stay lifelike and it wouldn’t decayed. Before the trend started in Egypt, people buried their corpse in shallow pit of sand. Those sand mummified the body naturally, because the hot sand dried up the liquid in the body quickly which prevented it from decaying. Later people found out those wild animals in the desert could attack those precious bodies after a while, which was a threat to them, because if they lost the body they would also lost the soul. So they developed and changed into man-made methods that were safer and more efficient for the body. Unfortunately, only the nobles and those rich families had the power and money to afford the process. The process of mummification had two stages, which were embalming and wrapping. In the…show more content…
In nowadays, scientists used new technology like CT scanning to unwrap mummies digitally without harming the body. This new technology could intricate even small details that were destroyed, and the machine could reconstruct in 3-D. There were no culture that practice mummification today, but there were some famous people in the history that left instructions to preserve their bodies after they died. A British philosopher Jeremy Bentham, which he was the founder of utilitarianism, left an instruction that after his death he wanted his body to be preserved. Now his body was preserved in University College London, which it became an auto icon. Now people can still see his real preserved head in this

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