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Mummies

Sleeping bags

Tourists always take with them a sleeping bag that is narrower at the bottom, wider at the top. The person inside it is similar to a mummy. The designer was inspired to create such a sleeping bag by mummies. 1)

Embalming for anyone?

Anyone who had the appropriate amount of money could order the embalming of a corpse. Embalming was very expensive because the process of mummification was long and consisted of several stages, performed by many different people: The corpse was dried, then the organs were removed, the inside of the body of the deceased was filled with fragrant resin and it was wrapped tightly with a long linen bandage. 2)

Paint from the mummies

In Britain, parties were held where mummies were uncovered, after which the corpses were sold for a pittance. They were bought by paint manufacturers. The dried corpses were made into a powder that had an unusual brown hue that was popular with painters. Mummy brown was extremely popular until 1960, then it was discontinued not because a new alternative paint was created, but because the mummies ran out. 3)

Chinchorro people

The South American Chinchorro people were the first to embalm corpses. Thanks to modern archaeological excavations, scientists have concluded that the oldest mummies are more than 7,000 years old. This means that they existed 2,000 years earlier than the first mummies in Egypt. 4)

Mummies in peat bogs

There have been lots of mummies found in Europe that have succumbed to the mummification process by accident. People accidentally ended up in peat bogs or it was some kind of punishment. This environment caused a natural mummification of the corpse because peat bogs contain a large amount of antibacterial moss, which promotes mummification. 5)

mummies.txt · Last modified: 2021/11/08 18:57 by rapidplatypus