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Funerary practices: Preparations, processions and burial

Why Was Mummification Important to the Egyptians?

❶During the Middle Kingdom, the coffin was treated as if it were a "miniature tomb" and was painted and inscribed like so. Based on this, the natural environment of the Dayr al-Barsha tombs, and the fact that only some parts of these animals were found, the possibility of natural deposition can be ruled out, and the cause of these remains in fact are most likely caused by animal sacrifices, as only the head, foreleg, and feet were apparently selected for deposition within the tombs.

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Funerals in ancient Egypt

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Egyptian burial is the common term for the ancient Egyptian funerary rituals concerning death and the soul’s journey to the afterlife. Eternity, according to the historian Bunson, “was the common destination of each man, woman and child in Egypt” (87) but not `eternity’ as in an afterlife.

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Funerary Customs Much of our knowledge about ancient Egyptian culture comes from archaeological evidence uncovered in tombs. Objects, inscriptions, and paintings from tombs have led Egyptologists to conclude that what appeared to be a preoccupation with death was in actuality an overwhelming desire to secure and perpetuate in the afterlife the "good life" enjoyed on earth.

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These elaborate customs were born of the ancient Egyptian belief that proper burial and preservation were necessary for rebirth in the afterlife. Depending on wealth, Egyptians were buried with a variety of material goods from their former lives, offerings to carry with them into the afterlife. Funerary rites. The concluding funerary rites took place in front of the tomb. The mummy was raised upright for the ‘Opening of the Mouth’ ceremony. This was an elaborate ritual performed by priests so .

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Muslim funerals are usually held in a Mosque, where the imam leads the funeral goers in special funeral prayers known as janazah. After the funeral prayers, the body is taken to the cemetery or the family's mausoleum, but only men are allowed to accompany the body for this part of the funeral. The Late Period saw a resurgence of New Kingdom customs which the indigenous population adhered to until the abandonment of the ancient Egyptian religion in favour of Christianity in the Byzantine Period.