Among the most well-preserved mummies in the region, most of them were found in Tenerife. The norm for the Guanche mummies were quite tall and were typically healthy. Most lower-class mummies were buried in graves that were sandy, and upper-class mummies were put into caves that were secluded. The culture of the Guanche had deemed the people who went through the process of mummifying the dead as unclean because of the work as well as the workload itself.

Mummification Process

Three mains types of mummification occured in the Guanche culture; evisceration, preservation, and stuffing. Evisceration consisted of removing the inner parts of the body (organs etc.) in preparation for mummifying. The second technique used is preservation, in which the body is attempted to be kept the same as if the person was alive. The third and final technique is stuffing, in which the insides of the body are taken out and replaced with certain things, like beeswax, for example. This is done because the body wants to be preserved without the limits of decay taking over. The most popular method of mummification used by the Guanche was evisceration, as anthropologists have gone out into the field and discovered. In some cases, certain cavities were filled with a substance similar to that of mud, that also contained the bark of a pine tree.


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