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For thousands of years people have been trying to find the right way of taking care of their dead People in ancient Egypt thought the right way for the right price was mummification which at an expensive price was an honorable and time consuming process Many people in the present believe that they only mummified their dead kings but thats not the case Rich families that could afford the process also were able to be mummified The Egyptians believed that when someone died there was an afterlife for them Mummification was believed to help that person reach the afterlife They also believed that when the spirit of the person had to re-posses the body so it had to be recognizable Before the mummification process even began there had to be a chief embalmer Who was a priest who wore a mask of Anubis the god of the dead This Chief Embalmer was closely associated with embalming and mummification thats why he wears this mask And the priest is always a man never a womanThe first phase of mummification is called embalming Unlike the embalming today this took part in a tent or Ibu in English Place of purification The embalmers wash the body with palm wine that smells sweet and good and rinsed the body with water from the Nile river One of the embalmers makes a slit in the left side of the body They remove many of the organs because they are the first thing in the body to decompose The liver lungs and stomach are washed and packed in natron which will dry them so they dont decompose as fast The heart thugh is kept inside the body The Egyptians say that the heart is the soul and intelegence of the body and believe that to have a good afterlife the body will need itThe organs are placed into jars called Canopic jars Imsety a human headed god looks after the
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