Mummies Around the World

By: Amanda Whitehead


Egyptians made African mummies. First, they cut open a small place on your left side. Then, they began to pull out your insides. But, the heart stayed inside the body. Then, they rinsed the body with wine. Next, they covered your body in a natural salt, called natron. After 40 days, the Egyptians returned to the body and pulled the natron off and began restoration. They wrapped the body up with badges with amulets between them, and saying a spell, they put the body inside a tomb and buried it. If it was a god, they placed it into pyramids which often got robbed.

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South America

Chinchoros embalmers added cane or wood supports along the spinal column and arms and legs. They filled the body with fibers or feathers. They also covered the body with clay and painted or sculpted the clay.

Paloma people used salt to stop decay. They positioned their dead knees drawn to their chest and their hands collapsed. After this, they wrapped the body in reed matting and buried the body under it's existing house.

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North America (Aluet People)

The Aluet people removed the organs and filled the body with dry grass. Next, they placed the body and a stream to dissolve the fat and wash it away, leaving only muscle and skin. Then, the body was tied in a squatting position and left to dry naturally. When it was dry, the mummy was wrapped it waterproof leather and woven clothing. Then, placed into a warm cave, lying on a platform or hanging from the ceiling.

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Europe (Bog Bodies)

Bog bodies are from violent deaths. from slit throats to broken skulls. They have been from ritual sacrifice. Some bog bodies are only found in body parts, not the full body. Most of them were killed in A.D. Most of the bodies were found in England, but some were found in the Netherlands or Germany.

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