Ancient Egypt

Why did the ancient Egyptians want to preserve the body of a dead person?


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Ancient Egyptians didn't want to preserve the dead body so it would would stay intact over generations, but they did want to preserve it so the mummified person would have a body for the "afterlife." They believed that the soul had to inhabit the body after death to get to the underworld. In order to do this, the body had to be preserved, to prevent it from falling apart.