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Ancient Egypt

Why did the Egyptians remove the brain of a body when turning the body into a mummy?


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When mummifying a body, the Egyptians removed the brain to keep the body from decaying faster. The organs were eventually removed (with the exception of the heart) and stored in canopic jars, allowing the body to be more well-preserved as it rested. Occasionally embalmers would break the bone behind the nose, and break the brain into small pieces so it could be pulled out through the nasal passage. The embalmers would then fill the skull with thick plant-based resin or plant resin sawdust.