Over the centuries, many Egyptian mummies are still intact with many unexpected secrets that have been deciphered by experts.
The process of embalming the ancient Egyptians is considered quite scary. To leave the mummies intact after centuries, the ancients carried out mummification for 70 days. One of the most noticeable steps in the mummification process is that the mummies break a part of the bridge of the nose, inserting a special hook into the nostril to the skull to get the brain.
There are 2 types of mummies : intentional mummification and natural mummification . Purposely mummified is when humans intervene, following a rigorous process to preserve dead bodies over time (for example, mummies of Egyptian pharaohs or upper-class people).
Natural mummification is when the body of a deceased person is exposed to naturally cold or extremely dry environmental conditions that cause the body to remain in place over time. Some of the world famous natural mummies are the Otzi ice people.
The ancient Egyptians believed that, after death, the body was “home” for the souls when they came to the afterlife. If the body decomposed, the soul would be destroyed. Therefore, the preservation of the body is the same as it was alive to keep the soul. Since then, ancient Egyptians mummified the bodies of the deceased.
Many mummified Egyptians were unearthed. Some are buried in shallow graves in the deserts that should be easily discovered.
Many mummies of the pharaohs or wealthy people were buried with some servants so that they could go to the afterlife to serve their masters. These servants were often buried alive or killed before being buried with their deceased employer.
Egyptian mummies used a lot of linen to wrap mummies. According to estimates, the ancients could use 1.6 km long linen to wrap mummies. The ancients conceived, the thicker the mummy was wrapped, the better it was. Therefore, they only use large amounts of cloth during mummification.
In addition to humans, the ancients performed mummified animals. In particular, cats are animals mummified by the ancients. In ancient times, cats were considered sacred animals. After a cat died, family members shaved their eyebrows to express their grief over the death of the sacred animal. In 1888, a tomb containing 80,000 cat mummies was discovered.
Some of the pharaoh’s mummies were placed in significant locations such as the pharaoh Tutankhamun’s mummy. Many scientists were surprised to discover that his penis was fixed, erected vertically in an attempt to combat the religious revolution initiated by his father.
For decades now, many people believe that ancient Egyptian mummies carry a death curse. Those who open the door to the ancient tomb, break the autumn sleep of the pharaohs will encounter a curse and an unfortunate fate, even a mysterious death, unexplained.