How do you mummify a body?
How do you mummify a body? A Peruvian mummy. (Thinkstock)
How do you mummify a body?
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You asked us, how do you mummify a body?
 
Assuming simple curiosity is 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, except your heart. The heart 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 before being 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. After that they would putt them back 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. Wait, I mean, not really though, right? 

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Why did Egyptians use salt?
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COMMENTS (207)
  • marisole-san
    5/12/2016 - 11:54 a.m.

    They used salt to dry out the bodies so they could put them in a coffin.
    So they could save them if they want to see the bodies just like that.

  • katyc-san
    5/12/2016 - 11:54 a.m.

    They used salt so the body can dry and they can wrap it over the body all around. They dry the body with some kind of salt all around the body. They have to take all the organs out first except the heart. Then they put the body in the coffin.

  • americaa-san
    5/12/2016 - 11:55 a.m.

    The Egyptians used salt because they take out the brain the internal organs .The heart stays.Finally they use a type of salt to dry out the body.

  • jairj-san
    5/12/2016 - 11:56 a.m.

    The Egyption people had to put salt on the mummy because that is how they dry it. The people also need to to put the mummy in a casket or coffin using strips of linen and layers. These mummy's are just bone!

  • ariannai-san
    5/12/2016 - 11:57 a.m.

    They probably knew that salt dries most things . Like meat of a cow it dries very easy. Salt can dries meat , fruit , and plants. But they used a special kind of salt. I wonder what salt it was.

  • antoniol-san
    5/12/2016 - 11:58 a.m.

    To not be wet and it will not last to log wene they put selt they they can last more then dry out the body and wene it is done they are mummy they put the mummy in a coffin and they are manny now it will be the best one in the world it will not work if they did not put slot and they take out all you're Origen they do this because it will make it dry more faster the if it was in the body

  • cristianl-san
    5/12/2016 - 11:58 a.m.

    To get the bodies dry and to be ready to strap them up with linen and put you in the coffin but than ather people will not yous that technique thay use it a anther whay.

  • oscarm-13754-san
    5/12/2016 - 11:58 a.m.

    Becas with owt the salit the body wud not driv it wud rott had wud not last as long but if you use salt the body will dri in the sun like dry meta

  • davida-31721-san
    5/12/2016 - 12:00 p.m.

    The Egyptians used salt to dry out the body.Then thier body's would get wrapped in strips of linen and layers of resin before being sealed in a coffin like a mummy.They said that their technique worked pretty well.But they weren't the first ones to be mummy.

  • litzym-san
    5/12/2016 - 12:00 p.m.

    They used salt to dry out your body. And they keep the parts of your body jars. But your body get wraped up with linen. Then the will paint them and put sticks with straws and plant fibers.

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