famous mummified bodies

King Tutankhamun

Famous Mummified Bodies

Mummies of humans and animals have been found throughout the world.
King Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun approximately 1341 BC 1323 BC , was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. Tutankhamun was 9 years old when he became pharaoh and reigned for approximately 10 years, until his death. Tutankhamuns tomb in the Valley of the Kings was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 almost completely intact the most complete ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found. Eternal life was the main focus of all Ancient Egyptians, which meant preserving the body forever. Egyptians mummified bodies because they believed in an afterlife. Believing that the afterlife was much like life in this world they had to preserve their bodies so they would be able to use them after they die. Egyptian culture believed the body was home in the afterlife to a persons Ka, Ba and Akh, without which it would be condemned to eternal wandering. The Ka was a less solid duplicate of the body. Without a physical body, the soul had no place to dwell and became restless forever.

The Ba was able to leave the tomb and revisit the dead persons haunts in the mortal world. The Akh was the immortal soul that emerged when the Ka and the Ba united after the deceased person passed judgement. The mummification process lasted for a period of 70 days, applied to all classes of Egyptians rich or poor. The 70-day mummification process was as follows: 15 days spent on cleansing and purification, 40 day drying period and 15 days wrapping and bandaging. Tutankhamun has become one of the most famous Egyptian mummies, his death mask becoming one of the most iconic images of the world today. The cause of Tutankhamuns death is unclear and is still the root of much speculation.


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