Mummies are not the kind that you go to when you get hurt . The ones that have been around for thousands or millions of years, but , what is a mummy and why did ancient ancestors do this to their dead? What do mummies tell us about the ancient past? What do we do with mummies in modern day ? The answers may surprise you and shock you a bit , but , all of what you see will be true.
A mummy is a body that has lasted for centuries. How is that possible you may ask? Well in Ancient Egypt you can find many mummies buried in the sand. That is if the archaeologist haven’t gotten to them first.It will look like human jerky. The hot desert sand draws all of the moisture out of the body and preserve it(An Overview of Mummification in Ancient Egypt 2013). The Ancient Egyptians discovered this and decided to do it themselves. They got a salt like substance that oozes out of the “Mummy Mountain” in Persia.“Thought to have medicinal properties and eagerly sought as a cure for many ailments” said Wikimedia Foundation("Mummy." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 July 2013. Web. 08 Nov. 2013).
A natural mummy is a person or animal that has had its moisture sucked out of its skin and organs when done by nature. When done by man the organs would be taken out and put into decorated jars. Then the body would be rubbed down with blake salt then the body would be wrapped in miles of white cloth with thousands of charms i’m not exaggerating.The Ancient Egyptians did this to preserve the body for the afterlife. The physical word “mummy” comes from a mixture of different words the Latin word mumia, the Arabic word mumiya and last but not least a Persian word mum which means wax.The definition for mummy is “a medical preparation of the substance of the body”("Mummy." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 July 2013. Web. 08 Nov. 2013).
The ancient Egyptians believed that in order for the human spirit to pass on to the afterlife they needed a body for their soul to attach to allowing the body to rot meant destroying a person's soul and angering the Gods. If you wanted to live forever then your body once you pass away would be mummified in the Egyptian religion’s afterlife as well.("Why Ancient Egyptians Believed Mummifying Their Dead Necessary? - Curiosity." Thesis. N.d. Curiosity. Web. 08 Nov. 2013).
The Egyptians purpose for doing this is so they could have a new body that could last for ever and for the soul to live happily in the...