Mummification Museum in Luxor to celebrate its 25th anniversary with free guided tours

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 7 May 2022

To mark the 25th anniversary of the inauguration of the Mummification Museum in Luxor, the museum offered free guided tours to Egyptian visitors on Saturday 7 May.



Moamen Othman — head of the museums sector — explained that workshops for children and adults were organised as part of the tour to teach them how ancient Egyptians mummified their corpses.

He added that these workshops and free guided tours will raise the touristic and archaeological awareness of Egyptians towards their civilisation.

The Mummification Museum in Luxor was established to provide an understanding of the ancient Egyptian civilisation’s method of preserving the body.

The ancient Egyptians not only embalmed dead humans, but also animals they worshipped such as cats, dogs, and crocodiles.

The Jackal deity Anubis was the god of embalming and mummification.

The mummification process is believed to have taken around 70 days, accompanied by many rituals. The organs of the deceased were carefully removed through a 10 cm incision in the left side of the body and preserved in canopic jars.

The body was then dried in sodium nitrate or nitrate salt brought from Wadi El-Natroun for about 40 days and finally wrapped in long strips of linen.

Magical amulets were then placed within the wrappings on various parts of the body to protect the deceased.

The family then received the body and placed it in a sarcophagus for burial.

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