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Ancient Egyptian Mummies By: Griffin Kass


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Anubis with mummy

Do you want to learn about mummies in ancient Egypt? Are you wondering why they make mummies? Are you wondering how they make mummies? Are you wondering about the Afterlife? Are you wondering who was mummified? You will learn a lot about ancient Egyptian mummies.

Do you wonder who and what was mummified? Only wealthy Egyptians could get mummified, because some Egyptians couldn’t afford getting mummified and going to the afterlife. Not just pharaohs were mummified. A lot of people buried something that was special to them. King Tut buried his childhood toys. A pharaoh had pottery that looked like his slave, and it sat in the pharaoh’s coffin. They also mummified their favorite pets. Glamorous women were buried with wigs. Artists made murals on the walls where the coffin was. Musicians were buried with instruments. Some people where buried with board games. Now you know who and what was buried!


Did you ever wonder why Egyptians even made mummies? People first thought mummies were worthless but scientists found they had a huge history. They made millions of mummies, but Egyptians took their work very seriously. They knew how to make mummies by watching nature. The reason they made mummies is because they loved Egypt so much they wanted to live in the afterlife. To them death was a gateway to a new world. They made mummies so the dead person’s spirit could find its preserved body. They had coffins to protect the mummy so nothing was stolen. Now you know why they made mummies!

Unwrapped mummy


A mummy

http://www.historylink101.net/egypt_1/rf-k-egyptian-mummy.htm Did you ever wonder how Egyptians made mummies? We know mummies are real because archaeologists found coffins with preserved bodies. Egyptians started making mummies almost 5,000 years ago. Natron is a natural salt that is used for mummification. It took 70 days to make a mummy. They had to dry the body with natron. Embalming priests had to take out the brain, intestines, liver, lungs, and stomach. Then they put the organs in canopic jars. The embalmers used oils and spices to reshape the body. Then they used linen to wrap it. They also used good luck spells and good luck charms and put it in the coffin. Poor Egyptians were sadly buried in the ground. Now you know how to make a mummy!


Canopic Jars http://library.thinkquest.org/C0116484/english/simple/science001.htm

Do you want to learn about the afterlife in ancient Egypt? After they traveled to The Land of the Dead, their hearts were weighed by their good deeds. If it was heavier than the feather, Ammut would eat you up! To get to the afterlife you had to earn a place in Ra’s boat. The Ba and the Ka had to join so he or she could go to the afterlife. You had to have a preserved body to go to the afterlife. You also had to pass the test in the Hall of Ma’at. You had to have your name written down somewhere on your coffin. If you did something wrong your Ba and Ka would get lost forever, and you couldn’t go to the afterlife. That’s why grave robbing was so bad, and tomb raiders would have bad consequences. Now you know about the afterlife!


http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/mummy_chamber/ Sarcophugus

It was fun learning about what was mummified, why they made mummies, how they made mummies, and the afterlife. I thought it was fun because these are questions I always wondered.


Glossary 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Archaeologist-someone who studies ancient cultures. Canopic jar - a jar to hold the remains of a mummy. Coffin - the case of a dead body when it’s ready for burial. Egyptians - pertaining to Egypt or its people. Embalming - to treat a dead body so as to preserve it as with chemical, drugs, balsams. Mummification- To make a dead body into a mummy as if drying and embalming. Mummified- to make a mummy. Natron - a natural salt. Scientist- People that studies science. Tomb raider - someone who raids tombs.


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