|Human Egyptian Mummy |
The earliest mummies were created due to the conditions they were buried in, with no special regard was placed on social status. However, the preservation of the dead had a profound affect on Ancient Egyptian Religion. Deliberate mummification became an essential component for the rituals of the dead
Egyptians viewed the preservation of the body after death as an important step to living well in the after-life. As Egypt became more prosperous, burial practices became a symbol for the wealthy. This social and cultural hierarchy led to the construction of elaborate tombs.
Interest in the study of mummies can be traced back to Ptolemaic Greece, while the first scientific study began at the beginning of the 20th century. The first modern scientific examinations of mummies began in 1901, conducted by professors at the English-language Government School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt. Notably, CT scans offer a wide range of useful information regarding mummification and highlight intricate details regarding embalming techniques
There are a variety of infant mummies found in tombs, this early death is assumed to be due to an elevated prevalence of various infectious diseases. in addition, older mature mummies were discovered with a high rates of tuberculosis infections was seen in those individuals regardless of which time period they came from. Metabolic disorders with osseous manifestations, such as scurvy, osteomalacia and chronic anemia. Illness reflect the living conditions and medicinal knowledge of the time.
In ancient times mummification was viewed as a way of interacting with the after-life. This processes has been used in numerous parts of the world including Asia and the North and South America. Interestingly, this ritualized processes of helping the dead rest in peace has become associated to horror and thriller genre media in modern popular culture.
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