From the construction of the majestic pyramids to the seventy-day process of mummification, life in ancient Egypt is a fascinating study for both children and adults. One of the most interesting components of ancient Egyptian culture is the removal and storage of whole body organs from the body of the deceased during the mummification process.
Ancient Egyptians carefully placed the lungs, stomach, intestines and liver of a corpse into special containers called canopic jars. These jars were often made of stone; however, their lids were also crafted from wood to represent the Sons of Horus: Qebhsenuef, Duamutef, Hapy and Imsety. Each son was thought to protect a specific organ. Canopic jars were buried with the mummy to be used later in the afterlife.
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