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56 Mummy Process From Past to Present Ideas

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Thousands of years ago, the dead, thrown into the swamps in Ireland and various parts of Europe, have survived to the present day in these marshes, being extremely well preserved. The lack of oxygen in the swamps prevents the bacteria that decay the corpses from coming in, and the corpses remain intact for a very long time.

The last Irish swamp mummy was discovered in 2011. The oldest swamp mummy is 4,000 years old, 500 years older than the Egyptian king Tutankhamen. Egyptians were mummified in a process that usually took 70 days. The priests were liquefying the body’s brain and draining it through the nose. All internal organs were removed and all but the heart were placed in separate vials. The heart was left in place because the Egyptians believed that the heart was essential to human existence and mind.

The body was then dried with a type of salt called natron (natural sodium carbonate) and wrapped in hundreds of meters of cloth. The now fully mummified body was buried in the grave with pictures or models of food and amulets one might need in the afterlife.

This deadly and terrible practice was done by Buddhist monks in Japan, China, and India. Some believed that the result would give them special powers, while others thought they would one day wake up as if they woke up from sleep. The monks who chose to embalm themselves had a diet consisting of only nuts and seeds for three years, and for the next three years they only ate bark and roots. The aim was to destroy all of the fat from their bodies, so less food would be left for the bacteria after death.