Sequence Chain: Mummification Illustration

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Sequence Chain:
Mummification

 
 

Ceremony: Ceremony by 4 priests, one dressed as Anubis. The inner organs were removed and put in Canopic jars.

Natron: Linen cloth and natron were used as packing to replace the organs.

40 Days: The body was covered with natron and placed on a tilted slab. The natron remained on and in the body for at least 40 days to dry the body of fluids.

Makeup: Packing removed, incisions sewn, body rubbed with oils and resins, nostrils stuffed with wax, pads under eyes. Make up applied. First strips of linen wound around the body.

Decorate: Jewelry was used to decorate the body. Good luck charms, like ankhs, were tucked in the 20 layers. The ankh was the symbol for "life".

Mask: Face was covered with a mask so that the Ba and Ka could recognize the body. The mask was colored and was as lifelike as possible.

Then the Mummy was placed in a coffin or a series of coffins.

There was a procession by family and friends to the final resting place.

Mourners wailed an priests prayed at the tomb door.

The tomb door was locked and sealed.

The gods performed the weighing of the heart ceremony (hidden from human sight).

If the deceased (the mummy's) heart was light, and passed the test, he or she then boarded Ra's heavenly boat and sailed away to join Osiris in the shining land of Two Fields for eternity.

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