10 Facts About Ancient Egyptian Mummies You Didn’t Know

10 Facts About Ancient Egyptian Mummies You Didn’t Know
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On the off chance that you hear “Ancient Egypt,” whats comes to mind? Maybe you see the Great Pyramid of Giza with the Sphinx in the forefront, Tutankhamun’s burial mask, or some animal headed gods. Or then again perhaps you thought of mummies.

Mummies may surely have come to your mind , yet what amount do you truly think about Ancient Egypt’s  famously preserved denizens? They’re considerably more than cloth wrapped bodies with their arms traversed their chests. Read to see what else you might not have thought about Ancient Egyptian mummies.

10.The Price Of Mummification

The Price Of Mummification

As indicated by the writings of a Greek traveler from 60– 57 BC, it cost one talent of silver, around 30 kilograms (66 lb), for the most costly mummification. This was during the Ptolemaic time of Egyptian history, when there was some conflict in the dynasty, which could have brought about inflation.

The cost of the provisions of mummification today, including cloth, sodium carbonate decahydrate (natron), sap, and incense, adds up to about $3,600. however, to be Mummified today costs about $70,000, and different businesses really mummify bodies of individuals and additionally pets. Pet mummification can cost from $7,000 to over $100,000. Conversely, a funeral and burial in the United States in 2017 cost somewhere in the range of $7,000 and $10,000 on  average, and cremation cost around $1,000.

9.Medicinal Mummies

Medicinal Mummies

Mummies were utilized as pharmaceutical from AD 400 into the 19th century. The idea depended on the use of Natural bitumen, which Europeans believed Egyptians were mummified with. This was entirely useless as medication, as old Egyptians utilized resin, which mimickes bitumen yet has no health benefits. truth be told, the resin was likely preferred to expend over bitumen, which has been as of late observed to be carcinogenic.

In the Middle Ages, the rich would purchase ground-up mummies to use as medication, and the belief in mummies being restoratively advantageous proceeded into the 1800s. At the point when mummies were too difficult to acquire, got dried out collections of criminals were used instead.

Human remains were additionally ground up and mixed with honey to make a sweet medicinal syrup. On a few events through history, individuals were mummified in honey (a procedure known as mellification) particularly to be transformed into this prescription, professed to have the capacity to cure any ailment. Truly, in some regions of the world, leaders and priests were mummified in coffins of honey, however without the intention of medicinal use.

8.Animal Mummies

Animal Mummies

Egyptians raised animals to mummify them. While the facts confirm that Egyptians mummified their pets, they likewise raised animals and killed them particularly with the end goal of preservation. These mummies were ordinarily religious offerings, as Egyptian divine beings were connected to animals , and the animals  were once in a while thought about manifestations of the gods .For instance, the goddess Bastet was connected intimately with cats. The animals were buried in coffins and tombs particularly for the god or goddess they symbolized or were significant to.

Regardless of the vast amount animals  mummies produced in Ancient Egypt, care was taken in animal mummification, however it was not similar to human preservation, which was amazingly detailed and tedious. Most animal mummies were purchased by People making pilgrimages to temples for specific Gods or goddesses. For a charge, priests would bury the animals  in the graveyard of the temple as a type of respect to a god or goddess. Cats, baboons, fish, crocodiles, and bulls were among the animals that were mummified.

7.Providing For The Afterlife

Providing For The Afterlife

Mummification was seemingly the most vital part of Ancient  Egyptian religious practices. Ancient Egyptians trusted that mummification was important to access to the After life. They trusted that after somebody passed on and was properly mummified, they would have used of their physical body during their journey, which is the reason they preserved the bodies of the deceased.

Part of this voyage was judgment by Osiris (the God of the afterlife) and 42 judges. Anubis, the god of mummification, would guide the deceased through their journey, and Thoth, the god of insight, measured the soul of the deceased. The soul would likewise travel with Ra through the afterlife.

The religion of the Ancient Egyptians was based around death and afterlife. The increasingly elaborate practice of preservation really turned into an essential part of the economy of Ancient Egypt, as mummies required the services of hair hairdressers and beauticians and in addition craftsman worker to construct sarcophagi, also pyramids and less elaborate  tombs.

6.Mummy Cosmetology

Mummy Cosmetology

Mummies were heavily made up to look exact lifelike being preserved. during the preservation procedure, the groups of mummies were colored. Men were hued red, and women were hued yellow. This started during the Third Intermediate Period. Mummies had fake eyes made of glass or stone in this period (little onions were utilized beforehand to make the illusion of eyes), and they regularly had wigs or yarn woven into their hair. Mummies in the Late Period were decorated with gold leaf applied to the skin. A few types of modern  cosmetics take after Ancient Egyptian cosmetics, including kohl, a charcoal-based eyeliner.

Ancient Egyptians even painted the nails of mummies for mummification with a type of henna. Henna use as tattoos was really an Egyptian practice, before it was explored in India. Pharaoh Ramses I was found with his nails a profound orange shading, indicative of the presence of henna or another color. Beauticians were an imperative part of Egyptian culture and were thought to be near the goddess Hathor. Wigs were another part of magnificence in Ancient Egypt that was vital in the common mummification process. Wigs, but, were not just for the dead, the same number of Egyptians shaved their heads.

5.Natural Mummies

Natural Mummies

Ancient Egyptians didn’t start using elaborate mummification methods until after the advancement of their initial progress. At first, mummies were made normally by the desert condition of Egypt.The dead were Buried in the sand, and the dry condition would protect the bodies. Anthropologists trust that accidentally uncovered  bodies which were normally preserved in the sand, and in this way recognizable years after death, encouraged the act of mummification by exhibiting how through minimal decomposition, mummies have endless life.

Once the Egyptians started to trust decay was unnatural, they started forms particularly to save the perished, however it took 800 years for them to start expelling organs to prevent decay . In 3400 BC, Egyptians started enclosing mummies by material, yet just by 2600 BC did they reliably remove organs. It was just 5,500 years prior that mummies started being buried in tombs and sarcophagi.

Natural mummification still happens in areas where bodies are not exposed to either air or moisture; bodies have been discovered saved for a large number of years in arid climates like the deserts of Egypt yet additionally in tundras and submerged in bogs.

4.Arm Placement

Arm Placement

The arm placement of mummies is really critical. For instance, arms crossed over the chest, the image most normally connected with mummies, was particularly utilized for Royalty.

Predynastic mummies had their hands covering their face, with their arms twisted at the elbows.The Ancient and Middle Kingdoms were shown by burial with hands at the sides or occasionally crossed over the pelvis.. During the time of Ramses II, mummies were saved with arms crossed over the lower body, and arms collapsed with hands on the shoulders are demonstrative of a later time of Egyptian history. Crossed arms as commonly imagined were used just in the New Kingdom for males of royal status.

3.Cheaper Options

Cheaper Options

In ancient Egypt, lower classes could generally only afford an incomplete mummification. This would exclude a Coffin or sarcophagus and normally would exclusively include getting dried out the body, with some of the organs staying intact. Brains were viewed as the least important in Ancient Egypt and were in this manner the minimum imperative to remove. Early preservation and fragmented mummification as often as possible leaves the brain intact, which is shown by an intact nose.

Sometimes, the very poor would only envelop the deceased by material in cloth and burried in the desert sand for a couple of days or weeks to dry them. At that point, the body cavities would be washed with dissolvable, and the dead body would be covered in a graveyard. Interestingly, tombs of the rich and imperial were intricately painted with engravings from the Book of the Dead, the Pyramid Texts, and the Coffin Texts. The partition between the rich and poor in old Egypt is especially obvious in internment hones.

2.Canopic Jars

Canopic Jars

Ancient Egyptians considered about the lungs, liver, stomach, and intestines tracts to be the most vital in Mummification. They were removed from bodies and kept in canopic jars, which depended on four ancient Egyptian god beings that were accepted to monitor the organs for the deceased, the four children of Horus. Each canopic jar had an alternate head, one of a baboon, one of a jackal, one of a human, and one of a falcon.

It is likely that, at first, the organs were removed because their presence caused the body of the deceased to decompose more quickly. Over time, this practice religiously evolved into the belief that the organs were needed by the deceased in their journey through the afterlife.

1.The Curse Of The Mummy

The Curse Of The Mummy

The concept of cursed mummies or tombs wasn’t created by the Egyptians yet rather by dramatist writing. The main premise of these Curses are threats written on tombs of divine requital for disrespecting the dead, for the express reason for disheartening tomb robbers. Despite the fact that a few mummies preserved Ancient mold, researchers have decided the mold isn’t dangerous.

Written warnings against opening Egyptian tombs date back to the Middle Ages and describe the evil and supernatural qualities possessed by the mummies. The most famous purported curse is that of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, or the curse of the Pharaoh. The financier of the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb died from a mosquito-borne illness, and Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb, died 16 years later. The idea of a curse was circulated by fiction author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. On that note, Shakespeare also had a form of a curse on his grave to deter disturbance by grave robbers.


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P. Natasha Covers Classical Archaeology news and has been with Histecho since 2017. She has a Master's degree in MA Archaeology from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program. A California native, she also holds a Bachelor of science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.