How do you mummify a body?
How do you mummify a body? A Peruvian mummy. (Thinkstock)
How do you mummify a body?
Lexile: 610L

Assign to Google Classroom

You asked us a question. How do you mummify a body?
We assume it is simple curiosity driving your question. The answer depends on whom you ask.
The ancient Egyptians would say if you had enough wealth and status, special priests could preserve you. Forever. 

First, they pull out your brain and internal organs. They would take out everything. The only thing they didn't take out was your heart. It stays. Then they dry out your body with a kind of salt. Most of your organs would be preserved in jars. But your body would get wrapped up in strips of linen and layers of resin. Then it would be sealed in a coffin.
Their technique worked pretty well. But they weren't the first to go mummy. Two thousand years earlier, the Chinchorro of Chile and Peru were in the habit of skinning, dismembering and disemboweling bodies. Then they would put them back together. They put them together with sticks, straw and plant fibers. Then they'd paint the bodies.
More recently, nature did the dirty work for the Inca. They made sacrifices to their gods by bringing kids high up into the Andes Mountains. The kids' bodies became mummified by the dry atmosphere and extreme cold.
Peat bogs, glaciers and deserts can have the same effect. The oxygen-deprived acidic, cold, hot and dry conditions of these environments desiccate bodies and stop decomposition au natural.
So basically, take your pick. But wait. I mean, not really, though, right? 

Source URL:

Filed Under:  
Assigned 434 times
Why did Egyptians use salt?
Write your answers in the comments section below

  • LeH-eri
    8/29/2019 - 03:23 a.m.

    the Egyptians use salt to the mummy because they want the body in the mummy forever

  • DangD-eri
    8/29/2019 - 08:39 a.m.

    because salt will dry their body

  • Jaiden-cla1
    11/12/2020 - 09:45 a.m.

    It dried out the bodies.

  • David B-pro
    12/10/2020 - 09:34 a.m.

    The Egyptians use salt to dry the body.

  • Savraj S-pro
    12/13/2020 - 07:31 p.m.

    They used salt to dry the body.

  • KyleeS-dea1
    1/15/2021 - 11:49 a.m.

    Egyptians use salt to dry out the bodes

  • LeightonL-dea
    1/15/2021 - 11:50 a.m.

    PEARSONALY i thought it was creepy

  • LeightonL-dea
    1/29/2021 - 11:55 a.m.


  • ClancyH-dea
    2/05/2021 - 09:28 a.m.

    I think it is weird todo stuff like this because I would not like this if I had died

Take the Quiz Leave a comment