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After the body had been steeped for a short time in bitumen or natron, or perhaps
merely rubbed with these substances, the few personal ornaments of the man
were placed on it, he was wrapped in one 1 Another of his works was entitled, ...
Large quantities of gums, spices, natron, as well as a very little bitumen, are
pounded and well mixed together, and with them the breast and stomach are
carefully packed through the slit in the side ; while certain formulae are being
Mummy.1 Mummy is the term which is generally applied to the body of a human
being, animal, bird, fish, or reptile, which has been preserved by means of
bitumen, spices, gums, or natron. As far as can be discovered, the word is neither
Bitumen of Judaea is the substance which is obtained from the Asphaltites Lake,
Ij^j i^j^." 'Abd el-Latifs mentions that he saw milmta or bitumen which had been
taken out of the skulls and stomachs of mummies sold in the towns, and he adds
They filled the bodies with bitumen and stuffed the limbs with the same substance
; this done, they bound them up tightly and exposed them to the heat of the sun.
By this means they made them look like old mummies. In the year 1564 a ...
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'The Mummy' is an amazing book because it's so much more than a description of how, why and when Ancient Egyptians preserved their dead. Look just through the contents and you'll be amazed at the range of material - as if Wallis Budge had emptied a sackful of knowledge for the learner to pick through. Because that's it's best use, a source book on Ancient Egypt - as long as you remember it's dated and some ideas rejected.
The first few pages introduce and include a list of the nomes (districts) in hieroglyphics and transcriptions. The pages on Egyptian chronology, as well as reviewing problems oof disagreement ammong both sources and scholars includes a useful list of rulers - although the real jewel here, following a good basic history, is a list of 2 of the 5 names available of Pharaohs (hieroglyphics & transcriptions); this is a must for any visitor to inscriptions in museums or Egypt itself. A clear history of the decipherment of hieroglyphics is followed by a useful list of hieroglyphs, useful that is for those looking at REAL inscriptions.Then the book gets into mummies IN DETAIL but beware as, for example when dealing with ushabti, Budge will throw at you a whole paragraph of (untranslated) hieroglyphics - after all, you did read everything before that, didn't you? Then anything and everything is on offer - stelae, coffins, draught-boards,the gods, graves, numbers ..... As I said above it is a book to dpp into and not to read from cover to cover. And that's why I give it 4 stars
PS It's by far the most USEFUL of my books on Ancient Egypt
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The Mummy: Chapters on Egyptian Funereal Archaeology
Sir Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge
Limited preview - 1964