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Definition: Method of preserving pharaohs and other important Egyptians for the afterlife. The ancient Egyptians strongly believed in an afterlife, somewhere they would go after their life here on Earth. The body was preserved as a mummy to keep it ready for the journey into the afterlife. Many mummies were placed in pyramids; others were placed in tombs that were elsewhere.

Related Resources:
Ancient Egypt
Find out more about the Land of the Nile.

Elsewhere on the Web:
More on Mummies
Get the story behind the story

Some Still More on Mummies
Good, basic introduction to the process and the reasons by it

How to Make a Mummy
Find out how the ancient Egyptians did it

Clickable Mummy
Click on the mummy to learn more about people were preserved

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