PHARAOHS – MUMMIFIED FOR THE AFTERLIFE.

It is well known and well documented that the Ancient Egyptians mummified their pharaohs in preparation for the afterlife. The process, including 40 days of soaking the body in natron, could take up to 70 days before it was ready to be wrapped with thin strips of linen, the last step before being placed in an elaborate coffin.IMG_7976 (2)

In many museums, as in the Mammy Room in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the shrunken and dark bodies of dead pharaohs are devoid of any clothing or wrappings. A cloth covers them partly because, as one guide told us, many people were uncomfortable seeing the naked, dried-up, often twisted forms of what once was a human being.

But in the British Museum, which has a beautiful and large collection of Egyptian artifacts, (if you love Egypt don’t miss it when  you go to London) there are mummies still wrapped in narrow linen strips. These photos I took on my last visit will show how artfully it was done, and one can marble at how well-preserved they are after thousand of years. The tree resin or sap they used to hold the strips stay in place certainly helped.

The golden figures are charms called amulets, often hidden between the strips to protect from evil

The golden figures are charms called amulets, often hidden between the strips to protect from evil

 

 

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One can’t help but to be reminded of bandages and rightly so, because that what they are!

More from Egypt soon

     Brigitte

 

 

 

 

 

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About Brigitte Nioche

Author of Living Longer, Living Well - How to Embrace the Challenges of a Long Life. Other titles - Dress to Impress, The Sensual Dresser, What Turns Men On.
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4 Responses to PHARAOHS – MUMMIFIED FOR THE AFTERLIFE.

  1. Peggy Anne Lyman says:

    Always interesting. I know I would not want to,see the naked bodies.

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