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Do any modern cultures practice mummification?
Amenophis III

Ask Amenophis:

  Do any modern cultures practice mummification?  
  Were animals mummified, too?  
  What parts of the body were removed before mummification?  
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This one may surprise you: _we_ ourselves practice mummification. Many modern Christian countries "embalm" dead bodies before burial. This replaces all the blood with a preservative so the body will last a very long time. The purpose of mummification for the Egyptians was not to wrap a body in bandages (which was only done to make the mummy look like the god Osiris), but to preserve the body. The ancient Egyptians would have been awed by how efficient our method of embalming is, and would have adopted it themselves if they had known how.
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