Daily life in Ancient Egypt may be really interesting and actually captivating, but the most curious facts about this ancient civilization are linked to the mummification process. During the early years of the development of Ancient Egypt, Egyptians used to bury their dead in the deserts, into small pits. Since the dessert was a place in which high heat and sand were always present, bodies could be dehydrated very simply. This was the first mummification procedure in Ancient Egypt and it was known as natural mummification.
As the Ancient Egypt civilization evolved, the mummification process also knew a new dimension. So, Egyptian began burying their dead in coffins, to make sure that the bodies will be protected against animals. The initial habit of mummification was maintained, meaning that dead Egyptians were still buried into the desert sand. Even though the bodies were protected this way, the mummification process was much slowed, as bodies were no longer exposed to the increased heat or the hot sand of the desert. Still, these were the first attempts to Ancient Egypt mummification. The process of mummification as it is known today was actually developed over many years in Ancient Egypt. Since the days when dead were buried in sand, this civilization developed a new method of preserving bodies as they looked when being alive. This advanced mummification process included embalming bodies and then wrapping them in strips of linen.
Why was mummification so important in Ancient Egypt? Well, Egyptians used to believe that when someone died, the soul left the body. However, after the burying of the dead, the soul was to return to the body, which had to look as if it were alive, for the soul to be able to recognize it. The soul and the body will live forever from that moment on, people in Ancient Egypt believed. All Egyptians believed in afterlife. Still, Ancient Egypt mummification was not a simple process. Most likely it lasted around 70 days for the body to be prepared for preservation. During this period of time the soul was to make a journey in another world. Ancient Egypt mummification meant the purifying of the body including steps such as the removal of organs, except for the heart, and the coverage of the whole body with various substances.