How to make a mummy!

Want to make sure a body gets reunited with its spirit in the afterlife? Then join us here at National Geographic Kids as we head to Ancient Egypt to see how they made their mummies...!


1. First wash the dead body in wine and Nile water. Make a cut in the side and take out the organs. To get to the brain, shove a hook up the nose and jiggle it about. Then pull out this useless organ* and chuck it away.


Ancient Egyptian mummification

2. Clean the liver, lungs, intestines and stomach, then pop them in four special canopic jars whose lids look like the gods that guard them. The heart will need to be put back in the body, though, as it's the centre of intelligence*.


Ancient Egyptian Mummification

3. Use a special Egyptian salt called natron to fill up the cavities and cover up the body. This will get rid of all the moisture. Leave it for about 40 days to dry out completely.


Ancient Egyptian mummification

4. Next, scoop out the natron and stuff the body with spices, rags and plants so it doesn't lose its shape.


5. Wrap up the body in fine linen bandages. Don’t forget to tuck in some lucky amulets, and then utter spells to activate their magical protective powers. When the wrapping is all done, put the mummy in a coffin. Then put that coffin in a coffin, and that coffin in another one and so on. Then place the whole lot in a tomb.


Ancient Egyptian mummification

Cool but creepy, eh?! Check out this cool clip for more about the Ancient Egyptians and how they made their mummies...




* They had some funny ideas, those Ancient Egyptians!

Illustrations: Marek Jagucki

Be sure to read our other fab features about Ancient Egypt, too...





Your Comments

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derpinat0r
The bottom right guy is stuffing a heart into a jar on first picture. Am I seeing things?
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pohed
well i hated t5he baby voice and i prefer the other websites
Rusne
Very cool how to make a mummy. Never knew any of those facts.
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I have a project on Egypt so relevant
bens
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school is hard but this helped
yellowjellow
i learened alot from this
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LOVE IT! Its sorta diskusting though.
Benji12345
I loved the pictures.
Benji12345
Thanks I can now make my own mummy
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this have a lot for information, but I what about mummification
Najah
This definetly helped me I got FULL MARKS on my test
Llamaqueen
This helps a lot with my project, THANKS
Rio_Tani
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Bench
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hi!
shanialston
Nice show iso can you show me how mummies are made?
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Felicia *
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Awesome guy
I do not want that to happen to me‼️
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Delilah
so weird!
Turtle 2.0
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starbrightz
you enter the afterlife which you pass tests the last one is tricky because Anubis weighs the heart and the feather if the heart is light then the dead person is allowed to go through the gates and see there friends if it is heaver then the heart is eaten by ammit
Kbox3600
Lol the pulling your brain out with a hook is really wired and gross
elly
disgusting
MBC-Minecraft
That's soooo weird ;)
Twilight sparkle14_14
I am so glad that I'm not a mummy
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JASY
EEWW!!!
Flynn
awesome now i can make a mummy with my brother
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Yuck
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i love it
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cool facts of egypt
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great job well done how do you do it
dragon
i like this .
perla
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egaw
thanks!
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Sheena
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csr100
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csr100
great for my project
Rybone
Thankyou
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Totally helped me with my HW
niko243
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niko243
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Lily
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EW!
aboss
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FUNNY AND INTERESTING AND EASY AND UNDERSTANDABLE!
Hanah
Interesting...
shaisha
i wish i known how to make a muumy
Jack
Super
LoL21rrererrfgyt
Thank you for the fact
ivy
mummy making
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nice
markuanaiza
gross
KittyCat_Power
Thanks! Real Help!!!
Isla
You are great help with homework
whatsup
Egypt is so cool!!!!
Harry
Cool
BlahBlah
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Thank you for teaching me about Egypt I have learnt lots of things now
yana156
I learned about the Egption s know I am learing about the Ancient Greece it is really intresting lol xd fam
tara
OMG this is so cool. I love ancient Egypt
tara
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jasmine
that took ages gosh! i had to use this for my homework.
wajma
I Learned That The Ancient Egypitains Take A Stick And Poked It In The Person's Nose And Take A Little Jiggle To Find It THANKS SMILE!
wajma
Thanx so much Guys Because I am learning about Mummifacation At My School Sparrow Farm Junior School And for my Homework I have to Write How To Make A Mummy.(SMILE!)
wajma
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Leina
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Lovely12
Lol what is this
Carlysparrow
It's really gross but interesting! :)
Bobby and Frederick
This is soooooooo useful!,
Lovely12
Lol what is this
Taylor
This site is super useful for a project i'm doing... i'm embalming classmate
Samantha
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saskia
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James
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James
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eduardo
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eduardo
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eduardo
It good how you explain and thanks
tidalwave3472
I love how they explain it to us truthfully and don't try and make it not gross or scary
Hotdog
mt kids love it for school work about egypt
Devaney
I love how much facts or on here
Lucy
Wow
lucy
I think it is amazing,I love ancient Egyptians this gave me lots of great facts.from reading this I have learnt 10 new cool facts about ancient Egyptians.
claire
wow that was so cool. i love is websight
shauntaya
i love mummys yolo
Spike
Awesome, Cool!!
josh
cool
Puppy
Scary but epic
Rocco
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Rocco
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Frankie
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I like the ancient Egyptians I hered that a queen turn to be a king and that her name was hatshepsut Lol #cool
uriah17
Why are they all bald?
Lorie132
Kewl
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Connor
Very good. People who would mumify people would probably follow that instruction.
Angelina37251
STOP TALKING ABOUT MUMMIES (even though I enjoy knowing about mummies) I'm doing a project about Egypt, its a board game and it has information that is in this website. :)
arifah
helped me a lot cause i am learning about egyptions
emily
The worst thing is that taking of the brain out from the nose :( but i like it all
noah
that was so awsome
harry
I learned a lot about egypt and i really liked it.
Fancy
omg i was about the throw up about the nose part Dx but all the other bits i was safe haha. (^-^)
Juan
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valery
that was cool :
Savvytabby
That's not weird at all
Natalia
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mike360
mummys are asome
kylee
I love this website
freddo
SICK! this realy helped
freddo
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rihannalee
whoa, this is so boring (just kidding) c:
Rebeka
This is intresting but it was grose!
Paige
I love mummy's they are so cool
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cooooollll
princesslulubella
I love learning how they pull out the brain.I aspecially love learning about mummies.
BILLY BOG JOE1
THIS READING WAS VERY SICK HOW DO YOU PEOPLE DO THIS
lauren
They are interesting but kind of gross. I did not know they took the organs out of the dead body when they made the mummy. I also did not know they took the brane out by taking it through the nose.
joshua
this is so cool
tiwan hi juako 234
that is very funny
ciara
Mummy are very intersing !
Akasha
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Jellyjojo2908
Helped me a lot .Go Egyt!
michael
this will help so much with the book i am writing. even though my story is fiction. THX NGK!!!!
ash61966
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IT LOOKS GROSS!!!!
jaz
very,very useful towards my project thanks a lot
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Cool my topic was egyptians
Holly
Very helpful
Hashaam
I knew that already
fielx
That was great thanks:-)
maddison
Egypt things are so cool
moska
wow i know a song that shows you how to make a mummie

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