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 for all eternity. First, they pull out your brain and internal organs, except your heart, which 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 before putting 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, who made sacrifices to their gods by bringing kids high up into the Andes Mountains to die. The kids' bodies then 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 (53)
  • libbys-4-bar
    5/13/2016 - 02:11 a.m.

    Egyptians used salt to mummify bodies because the salt helps keep the body preserved and almost safe. I found this article interesting in learning how a body can be preserved and saved.

  • shaelyng-ver
    5/13/2016 - 08:41 a.m.

    I found this disgusting, but fascinating.

  • victoriak-ver
    5/13/2016 - 08:45 a.m.

    This article was very interesting because I have always wondered how bodies become mummified, but it was a little disturbing at times especially when the article mentions that the Inca's killed their kids up in their highest mountains.

  • karliw-1-bar
    5/16/2016 - 10:28 p.m.

    Egyptians used salt in the process of mummification to preserve the organs and body.This method, sometimes referred to as "salting", draws out moisture that causes decay. Also, most bacteria, fungi, and other disease-causing organisms cannot survive in such a salty environment. Because of this, the dead are preserved to look as if all they are doing is sleeping.

  • tiffanyf-1-bar
    5/18/2016 - 04:29 p.m.

    Egyptians used salt to preserve people because it was the best for slowing down the decomposition of dead bodies. The article states,"...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." Today, salt is used for drying out meats and other foods. By drying out food, they can be kept intact and preserved for long periods of time. This method also worked for dead bodies. This article was interesting because I didn't know salt was used to preserve people.

  • taylore-1-bar
    5/18/2016 - 08:37 p.m.

    Egyptians used salt to mummify and preserve bodies. Salt would help keep the body from decaying overtime. I thought this article was interesting because I thought were the first people to start modifying bodies. This article surprised me because I learned that some cultures, after cleaning the body, would paint the bones.

  • jackw-4-bar
    5/20/2016 - 10:44 a.m.

    The Egyptians use salt to dry out the body "then they dry out your body with a kind of salt." They dry out your body so they can wrap your body without the wrap getting wet. This article surprised me because I didn't know it was a delicate process to mummify a dead body.

  • lailab-ver
    5/20/2016 - 02:29 p.m.

    so I get what they are trying to say but where do they put the organs once they put it in a jar?

  • kieranw-3-bar
    5/20/2016 - 04:13 p.m.

    Ancient Egyptians used salt to help preserve bodies or other goods because salt acts as a preserver which helps keeps goods in their original condition for longer periods of time. Egyptians used these salts to help preserve the bodies of the rich and ancient. This article was pretty cool in my opinion because it helped me get a greater background of the people of the past and how they used some of the things we use today such as salt.

  • gabi-moo
    5/23/2016 - 03:27 p.m.

    so they can dry out your body thats why they use salt

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