Whenever we hear the word "mummy", imagination comes like dead, rotten, scary body wrapped in white bandages. The movies like The Mummy and it's franchises shown how horror mummies are who get alive due to some ancient demonic rituals etc. But this is all seen in entertainment purposes, graphics and cinematographic in purposes.
Mummy or mummification is an ancient Egyptian techniques. The Egyptians believed that bodies had to be preserved to help allow the continuation of their existence in the afterlife. It is the process by which a body is preserved naturally or other by processes . Bodies can become mummified when submerged in a bog, exposed to certain chemicals, stored in extreme cold or in a place with low humidity for years.
The cost of preparing for life after death is outrageous, and because of the amount of money that is spent in preparing for life after death, Pharaoh's were the only ones at first to get mummified. The Egyptians believed that the Pharaoh would become a God after death. In order to ensure that, the Pharaoh's tombs would be placed in pyramids. The pyramids were meant to help with them becoming a god after their death. After a period of time the courtiers and servants were also preserved to provide a retinue in the after life.
Here are some of the World's best preserved mummy which look like alive.
- St. Bernadette: Bernadette died at age 35 from tuberculosis in 1879. St. Bernadette's body lays in a gold reliquary. Her face and hands have been covered in wax as customary with french incorrupt saints. In 1919, she was dug out where doctors noted that the body had mummified with some mold and deterioration to the skin in some areas. In 1925, her body was dug out a third and final time. Two of her ribs were removed and sent to Rome.
- Juanita, the Ice Maiden: A 14-year-old Juanita known as now the “Ice Maiden” remained frozen in a volcano’s crater for nearly five centuries.In 1995, archaeologists Jon Reinhard and his climbing partner discoverd her body at the base of Peru’s Mt.Ampato. It was one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the time, the body estimated to be around 500 years old remained remarkably intact and survived the ages in spectacular manner.
- Evita Peron: Eva or Evita Peron died of cancer on July 26 1952 and was 33 years old when she died. The mummification was performed by renowned professor of anatomy Dr. Pedro Ana. His technique was so good that it was commonly referred to as the "Art of Death." Her body look so life like that after it was stolen by the new government and hidden in Italy, a caretaker was driven mad by sexual fantasies of the body and fell in love with it. Later the body was returned to Argentina and buried with dignity.
- Lady Xin Zhui (Died 163 BC): When the tomb was discovered inside a hill known as Mawangdui, in Changsha, Hunan, China, she gained fame more than 2,000 years after her death. She is undisputed, the single best preserved mummy ever found, not in terms of physical appearance, but in the simple completeness of her body. Her tissues are still soft to the touch and her limbs are bendable, her hair is complete and there is Type-A blood in her veins. The internal organs are perfectly intact even including her brain.