Mummies are not only found in Egypt. In Papua New Guinea, mummies show respect to their ancestors and are treated as if they’re still alive. Even the current village chief wants to become a mummy when he dies. What do you think about this?
Other facts about mummies . . .
A mummy is a dead body that has been either preserved or naturally preserved by the environment.
Natural mummification can happen accidentally or when bodies are purposely placed in spots that lead to mummification, such as caves or bogs.
To be considered a mummy, the body must retain some soft tissue, such as hair, skin or muscles.
Over the years, Egyptians made mummies in different ways. With one method, the body was dried by being covered in a substance called natron. After 40 days, the chest and stomach were stuffed with cloth and spices, and the skin was rubbed with oils and sticky resin. The body was then tightly wrapped in strips of linen and cloth and placed in a stone coffin called a sarcophagus.
In Papua New Guinea, the Anga people make a mummy by building a smoking hut and scraping the skin and hair with a plant bristle brush and bamboo. Then they gently squeeze fluids through the skin to help dry the body. Next, they place the body in a chair made of branches and keep a fire going for about 30 days. The Anga keep brushing and squeezing out fluids. Next, they put red ochre clay on the body and last they dress the mummy in a grass skirt and cap, and place it on a breezy cliff ledge.
What questions do you have about Anga mummies or Egyptian mummies?