History of Embalming
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This paper discusses the evolution of embalming, from ancient Egypt to America during the Civil War and early 1900s. The reasons for embalming in the different cultures and times periods are presented. There is also an analysis of why embalming came back into practice in the early 1900s. The paper gives a detailed analysis of embalming practices in ancient Egypt, with an emphasis on ancient Egyptian religious beliefs. The paper concludes with a description of modern embalming procedures. The author also cites how embalming a body has a positive emotional effect on those suffering the loss of a loved one.
From the Paper:"Embalming is said to have started in Egypt in the year 6000 BC. Egyptians, of course, embalmed their dead by mummifying them. This process has become very famous over the years because of numbers Egyptian pharaohs whose remains have been discovered in the pyramids. There were two reasons why embalming was done in Egypt. The first was for religious reasons, as "Greek historian Herodotus maintained that the Egyptians were the first people to believe in the immortality of the soul" (http://www.wyfda.org/basics_3.html). According to Egyptians beliefs, the body had to remain whole, without decomposition, in order for the soul to be accepted by the body. The reason for embalming was to allow the soul to return to the body once in completed what the Egyptians called the "circle of necessity". "
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