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When you think of a mummy what comes to mind Most of us usually picture an Egyptian mummy wrapped in bandages and buried deep inside a pyramid The ancient Egyptians believed that mummifying a persons body after death was essential to ensure a safe passage to the afterlife Mummification in ancient Egypt was a very long and expensive process From start to finish it took about seventy days to embalm a body First the body was washed and ritually purified The next step was to remove the inner organs A slit was cut into the left side of the body to remove the intestines the liver the stomach and the lungs Each of these organs was embalmed using natron which served to dry out the organs The organs were then individually wrapped using long strips of linen and placed in canopic jars The lids of canopic jars represented gods called the four sons of Horus These gods protected the internal organs Hapy was the baboon-headed god who protected the lungs Duamutef was the jackal-headed god who protected the stomach Qebehsenuef was the falcon-headed god who protected the intestines Imsety was the human-headed god who protected the liver After the removal of the inner organs the body cavity was stuffed with natron The brain was removed through the nose using long hooks The body was then placed on a slanted embalming table and completely covered with natron This allowed fluids to drip away as the body slowly dried out This part of the process took about forty days after which the natron was removed to reveal a dried shrunken body The head and body cavity were stuffed with packing The mummy was then prepared for bandaging Ancient Egyptian mummies were wrapped in hundreds of yards of linen strips This papyrus is a receipt for natron and linen It states that the mummy will be delivered to the
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