Role Of Mummification In Ancient Egypt

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In the study of ancient Egypt there are numerous belief systems followed by the Egyptians that have been performed over the Pharaonic period. Due to their strong beliefs in the journey or cross over to the afterlife Egyptians carried out many cultural and religious rituals such as the mummification ceremony. The mindset and approach Egyptians feel about death is due to their belief in immortality. Death was rather thought to be a way into a new life therefore they used the method of mummification to preserve the body so that the soul would return to the body. Egyptians came up with a process of preserving bodies so that they would remain in a lifelike form. This was because of their strong belief in life after death. Ancient Egyptians believed that everyone had a soul which they believed to be called the ba and the ka (http://ss6shms.pbworks.com/f/Mummification+Egypt.pdf). The body of the deceased was needed as a central focal point to which the spirit s of the deceased which is the ba and the ka were said to be released from the body at the time of death (web 1). After death…show more content…
Each phase of the mummification procedure involves different spells, prayers and magical or religious rituals that are performed as a form of protection and to assist the deceased on their journey to the afterlife. Many of the resources that are used in the process of mummification are symbolic as well as practical such as the use of beeswax, which meant rebirth, and resin, which was said to have meant royalty or holiness (www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/dept/education/learningresources/factsheets/ancientegyptians/fs_mummification.pdf). Before mummification began, the body needed to get rid of impurities by washing it. This is an important step when it comes to the concept of rituals and the practices of the Egyptians customs, as water was associated with purification and life and is related to aspects of rebirth (web
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