Egyptian Funerary Practices
Ancient Egyptian civilization was based on religion. Their belief in the rebirth after death became their driving force behind their funeral practices. Death was simply a temporary interruption, rather than an end to life, and that eternal life could be ensured by means of worship to the gods, preservation of the physical form thru mummification, substantial ceremonies and detailed burial policies and procedures. Even though many today have varying views of an afterlife, many of the funerary practices that originated in Egypt can be seen in present day funeral services.
The Egyptians believed that the human soul used the first night after death to travel into the afterlife. The body, which the …show more content…
Over the passage of time there are many things that differ from the practices of the Ancient Egyptians from the practices of today. We do not remove organs, lay the body out to dry for weeks at a time, hire professional mourners or carry sustenance to the gravesite. But the more you study and read about this time period and reflect on their practices, the more and more practices you see that we have in common. We have laws and procedures dealing with dead, licensed directors overseeing the preservation