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Ancient Egypt Mummies & Pyramids By Dragon Moon

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Ancient Egypt Mummies & Pyramids By Dragon Moon

Ancient EgyptPyramids & Mummification

Mummies and pyramids are actually very closely. Read first the left text about pyramids, then the right text about mummies, and lastly the connection in the middle.

The Egyptians believed that when a person died, they would soon go to the afterlife. They tried to prepare the bodies of the dead people for the afterlife through a process of embalming the body called mummification.

Mummies were probably accidental at first. But later, the Egyptians started mummification. They would usually put personal items owned by the person in their tomb. The pharaohs were treated specially, and so there may have been clay warriors called shabti in their tomb to protect them in the afterlife.

Pyramids did not use to actually be pyramids. They used to be mastabas. The first pyramids are believed to have been made when an architect stacked several mastabas. Pyramids may have been used as temples to the Egyptian gods.

Pyramids

Mummies

The Connection

Easily one of the most famous artifacts of the world is the Great Pyramid of Giza. Originally standing 481 feet tall, with sides over 755 feet long and covering 13 acres, the Great Pyramid is gigantic. Obviously built at Giza, the massive pyramid is still there at 450 feet tall, where the iconic sphinx, a lion with a woman's head, is located.

Mastabas were tombs for he pharaohs. They created the first pyramids when an architect named Imhotep stacked six mastabas together.

Mummies were made through a process of mummification, in which the bodies were dried and wrapped, and the internal organs removed.  The important organs were put in jars and preserved, then put with the mummy in the tomb. The brain, however, was extracted through the nose as an almost fluid-like state.

You may think that pyramids were used almost like castles; that pyramids were places where many people could live. If so, then you are wrong. Pyramids replaced mastabas to be tombs of the pharaohs, where the pharaoh's body would be lavished with things for the afterlife and protected by the maze of corridors.

One of the oldest civilizations in the world, Egypt is famous for its pyramids, mummies, and the iconic sphinx. Read this glog to find out more.


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