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Six feet under Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Greek practices of preparing the dead for the next cradle of humanity are very intriguing These two cultures differ in a number of ways yet similarities can be noted in the aspect of funerary services In the Egyptian afterlife The book of the Dead can provide one with vital information concerning ritual entombment practices and myths of the afterlife The funerary customs and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians called for the preservation of the body and ample provisions for the after-life This was envisaged as a continuation of the existence before death Death 1 One particular method used by the Egyptians was an intricate process known as mummification It was undoubtedly a very involved process spanning seventy days in some cases First all the internal organs were removed with one exception the heart If the body was not already West of the Nile it was transported across it but not before the drying process was initiated Natron whic h was a special salt was extracted from the banks of the Nile and was placed under on the sides on tap and in the body cavity to help the process of dehydration Freeman 96 After thirty-five days the ancient embalmers would anoint the body with oil and wrap it in fine linen If the deceased were wealthy enough a priest donning a mask of Anubis would preside over the ceremonies to ensure proper passage into the next realm Freeman 91 One of the practices overseen by the priest was the placing of a special funerary amulet over the heart This was done in behest to secure a successful union with Osiris and their kas The amulet made sure the heart did not speak out against the individual at the scale of the goddess of justice and divine order Maat The priest also made use of a chisel That portion of the ceremony which was believed to procure the
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