Entering the Afterlife.

from The Papyrus of Hunefer
(c.1370 B.C.)

The British Museum

. . . . .Hunefer's mummy stands before the entrance of his tomb, in the protective embrace of Anubis. The two women are probably family members, they are patting dirt on their heads, this was a sign of mourning. Behind them are three priests. The priest wearing the leopard skin (a sign of priesthood) burns incense and presents offerings of food and drink, while the other two are about to perform the important ceremony of "opening of the mouth". This ceremony was thought to restore the mummy's ability to see, breathe, eat and drink.


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