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Ancient Egypt for Kids
Mummies
 

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It was very important in ancient Egypt to have a mummified body. You need a preserved body so that your Ba and Ka, the two pieces of your soul, could find their way home at night back to your tomb. The ancient Egyptian believed that the afterlife was a real and beautiful place, where they would spend their days forever in peace and happiness after their death. Without a body, the Ba and Ka would get lost. And they would no longer be able to reach the heavenly Land of Two Fields.

The poor placed the bodies of their dead relatives out in the desert sand. The bodies dried naturally in the sun. That was a perfectly good system. It assured the dead a place in the afterlife (provided their heart was light from doing lots of good deeds while they were alive.)

The rich could afford to be more fussy. They hired professional mummy makers, to help them look their very best. 

Egyptian mummy

The Mummy Maker

Make a Mummy and Prepare a Pharaoh for his tomb (interactive)

Embalm a Mummy (magic book lesson) 

Mummies and the Underworld Challenge

Mummies

Egypt: Mummy of Hornedjitef

Mummies and the Underworld Challenge

Mummies - Magic School Bus (interactive) 

The Mummy Tomb 

game - Tomb of the Unknown Mummy  

Museum of Science - Mummies

Ancient Egyptian Tomb and Five Mummies Found

Preparing for the Afterlife

The Clickable Mummy

Why did mummies wear masks?

Canopic Jars

Sarcophaguses

 

 

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