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Unformatted text preview: You wouldn’t want to be Y ou wouldn’t want to be an Egyptian mummy! Introduction
Introduction Ancient Egypt began about 5000 years
ago beside the river Nile.
ago The pharoahs had huge monuments built
for them so they would always be
remembered. Ancient Egyptians believed in the afterlife Dead? Ancient Egyptians take a lot of trouble
preparing for the afterlife
preparing The bodies are preserved by embalming
and Removing the organs
Removing After your body has been cleaned, it is taken to
the place of embalming called the wabet.
wabet. A slicer priest will make a long cut alongside
the left side of your stomach. Natron salt is used to dry out your
body once the organs have been
removed. Storing the organs
Storing Your liver, lungs, stomach and intestines are removed
through the incision in your stomach and then stored in
canopic jars. Each jar is protected by one of the four
sons of the God Horus and the lid of the jar is shaped
like it’s protectors head. The body is washed out with palm wine and will be
soaked in natron for 40 days to dry it out.
soaked Which organ is
not removed? Get stuffed!
Get After 40 days your skin will be shrivelled and
you will look like a piece of old leather. So your
skin is rubbed with oils to make it softer.
skin The empty space where your organs were will
be stuffed with sawdust and rags.
be With some false eyes and hair you will almost
look alive again.
look Wrapped and ready
Wrapped The embalmers work is almost
done and soon you will be a
mummy. It will take 15 days to wrap you
up and you will need 20 layers
of bandages. If you were
sensible you would have saved
linen for the whole of your life
for this purpose. Resin was use to glue the
bandages together. What
use? The coffins
The Once wrapped up you will
need a good wooden coffin. The coffins should have
pictures of Gods on them and
lots of hieroglyphics.
lots A nest of coffins will be placed
in your tomb, inside a stone
coffin called a sacrcophagus.
sacrcophagus. What a mummy needs for a
blissful Have the wall of your tomb painted
with pictures of you.
with Stock your tomb with food, clothes.
Weapons, furniture and tools. It is the duty of your relatives to
bring you gifts of food, so you don’t
go The end
The Once your tomb has
been sealed, your
soul will battle its way
underworld and your
heart will be weighed
against the feather of
truth. Quick quiz
Quick Why was
Tutankhamun’s body not
preserved The embalmers used too
much oil and his flesh
stuck to the sides of the
coffin. What is Natron? A natural salt used to dry
out the body.
out Who is the God of
embalming? Anubis- a jackal headed
God. Quick quiz
Quick How many days is the
body left before it is
stuffed? 40 What wine was use to
clean the body?
clean Palm wine What is a canopic
jar? Four jars in which the
lungs, liver and
intestines were stored.
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- Winter '08
- Ancient Egypt