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Ancient Egyptian Burial Customs

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Yan Lok Leung 11 Ancient History Ancient Egyptian Burial Customs 1. The middle kingdom onwards, embalmers used salts to remove moisture from the body. This dried out and preserved more flesh than the bone. Once dried, mummies were anointed with oils and perfumes as part of rituals. The emptied body is then covered in Natron which speeds up the process of dehydration and prevents decomposition. They were then wrapped with strips of white linen to protect that body from damage. Then a sheet of canvas is used to wrap and further protect them. ...read more.


Following are the two viziers of the South and North. All persons pulling the sledge wear a wig and a white headband. White headbands are still used by relatives at funerals in nowadays Egypt. They all wear white sandals in a shape identical with the two pair found in Tutankhamun's tomb. Tombs Paintings and the Afterlife 1a) Osiris became the king of the Afterlife. He was believed to be will to let all people into Duat, a gentle, fertile land which the righteous dead lived. b) Nut was the symbol of protecting the dead when they enter the afterlife. ...read more.


b) The solar barque may have carried the pharaoh's body across the Nile for burial or it may have served solely as a symbolic purpose lying ready to transport the king in the afterlife. c) The Amduat like many funerary texts was found written on the inside of the pharaoh's tomb for reference d) A pharaoh was given the Ankh, symbol of life. e) The 'Opening of the Mouth' ceremony was performed so that the person who died could eat and drink again in the afterlife. 3. Dead man standing in the barge of the sun worshipping the phoenix, symbol of the sun god of Heliopolis, Tomb of Irinefer. Anubis finishing mummification, tomb of Amennakht ...read more.

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