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Ancient Egyptian embalming. Historical artwork of ancient Egyptians removing abdominal organs and gut before embalming. After death the ancient Egyptians would immerse the body in bicarbonate of soda, inject the arteries with balsams, and remove the contents of the torso (as seen here) and replace them with bituminous and aromatic substances. Finally the body was wrapped in cloths. The process was done to preserve the body. This kept a person's life-force (known as ka) intact according to Egyptian belief. Often a person's money, literature and servants were entombed with the body.
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