Egypt is arguably the most popular among the ancient civilizations. While its rich history and singular aesthetic are enough to justify enthrallment with the Old Empire, most people seem to be less fascinated with how life was in the old kingdom than with how death was. One cannot mention Egypt without first thinking of sumptuous tombs and mummies with strangely beatific smiles stretched across taut, copper skin. While most of us are at least vaguely aware of the complex and often gruesome “hows” of the mummification process, fewer people seem to be as familiar with the “whys” of it.
Why Did Ancient Egyptians Mummify Bodies?