The English word mummy is derived from medieval Latin “mumia,” which means an embalmed corpse
A mummy can be a human being or an animal, both were protected from decaying after death.
There are three ways a dead body can become mummified: by freezing, by drying, or as the ancient Egyptians did, by using secret chemicals.
It is believed that Egyptians started the practice of mummification as early as 3000 B.C.
Only a few descriptions of mummy-making have been found. It was probably considered too sacred to be written down.
The earliest known Egyptian mummies were not wrapped in cloth but were dried out naturally after being buried in the hot, dry, and sandy ground of Egypt.
Egyptian legend said that King Osiris was the first to be mummified.
No one knows exactly what secret ingredients Egyptians used for mummification but scientists now believe that the ingredients included oil of cedar (similar to today’s turpentine) and natron, a mineral with a high salt content.
If you unwrap just one mummy, you’d get a strip of linen that would reach up and down a football field four times.
The mummy of an important person would have as many as twenty layers of wrappings.
In 1977, when Egyptian authorities discovered that the 3,000-year-old mummy of Pharoah Ramses II was being invaded by beetles, the mummy was sent to France to be treated and cured by a team of scientists. Ramses II traveled to France with a passport stating his occupation as: “King — deceased.”
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