Anubis…the God of Death son of Nebthys and Osiris. Born to the desert and left to die he survived his death and lived through the night… He was brought up by his mother father and also by his aunt Goddess Isis – wife and sister to his father and sister to his mother.
Anubis is eternity. Helping those on the line of the life and death to survive or to enter another realm. The techniques of mummification of the Necropolis prove Anubis to be an eternity… as it is mummies and their graves in Valleys of Kings, Queens and Artisans that help us learn more about Ancient Egyptian culture and the way of life.
It is Anubis’s scales that weight the heart of deceased if he or she is permitted to enter the realm of his father Osiris. He weighs justly as the order of life and death is guarded by Goddess Maat. Maat is the balance and order of all universe.
I have recently learned that it is Anubis who brought this Iseum to life. Ancient Egypt and the old religion is in my heart… it has been in my heart since past lives in Egypt – one of them being a priest of Anubis and worker of the Necropolis. Love is eternity and death is eternal and loving.
The body of the deceased was entrusted to the hands of specialists in Necropolis who began the embalming by using a hook to extract the brain through the nostrils. The skull was then filled with a mixture based on liquid bitumen, which hardened as it cooled. The eyes were removed and later replaced with enameled orbs. Using an extremely sharp stone, an incision was made on the left side of the body and the viscera were extracted. Only the heart was left in place. After being treated with boiling bitumen, the stomach, liver, lungs and intestines were wrapped and then sealed in four canopic jars of clay, limestone, alabaster, other stones, or metal, depending on the social standing of the deceased;the heads figured on the stoppers of the single jars – one human, one a jackal, one a hawk, and one a baboon – symbolized the four attendant spirits of the dead. The jars were placed together in a single container, near the mummy.
The interior cavities of the corpse were carefully washed with palm wine, dried using a powder of aromatic plants, and finally filled with ground myrrh or with perfumed wood sawdust. Thus prepared, the body was immersed in a bath of natron (natural sodium carbonate) for seventy days. At the end of this period, during which the fleshy parts dissolved in the natron solution, all that remained was the skin attached to the bones. The hair of the men was cut short, while that of the women was left in all its splendid length.
At this point, the corpse was wrapped with narrow bindings impregnated with resin on the lower side; wrapping began with the separate fingers, then the hand, and finally the arm; then the foot and leg and so on. Work on the head was more meticulous. A cloth similar to muslin was used in immediate contact with the skin. The figure was covered with several layers of bindings, which adhered so perfectly that if they had been removed all together, a plaster cast made from them would have been an exact portrait of the deceased. The entire body, lying supine, with the hands crossed on the breast or with the arms stretched out along the sides, was then again wrapped in bindings for its entire length. The corpses of the pharaohs merited a precious shroud or a golden case on which were embossed the features of the deceased.
Quoted from the book – Art and History, Luxor, Karnak – the Valley of the Kings – Casa Editrice Bonechi
For more information you can go here: http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/mummies/home.html
or visit Mummification museum in Luxor (I have been searching the internet for quite some time to find the website of Mummification museum but with no result. If you have a link please be so kind and share it with us! Thank you so much.)
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