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Desert funerals and Mummification

Like the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Libyans, and Iranians, desert scorpion people are known for their mummification rituals and burial customs. Some say that even the most forgotten tombs are not broken into, for fear of bringing down the wrath of the gods on the would-be thieves.   The rituals are similar to Egyptian practices and often involve magic spells preformed by priests, healers, and embalmers (a specialized form of healer who is also a priest).

History

It began thousands of years ago. Cave paintings suggest that it might have begun even earlier though. At first, people would simply bury loved ones in a grave with things they'd enjoyed while alive. Eventually, it changed to more eleborate mummification techniques and burying the dead in underground tombs. Most of these were for status reasons or simply, practical purposes.

Execution

The mummification process allows the deceased to have an anchor and someone to remember them in the living world so that they can cross to the land of the dead safely. The opening of the mouth ceremony, possibly picked up from the Ancient Egyptians or Libyans, allows the dead to breath and speak in the afterlife.

Components and tools

Canopic jars for organs, salt for drying, jewelry, food, wine, mummys of pets or servants, other things the individual enjoyed in life, etc. Incense and food is used to ward off evil spirits and allow the dead to communicate with the living.

Participants

Family members of the deceased, the villagers the deceased lived with, temple priests, and healers usually attend and are nessacary to the ceremony.

Observance

The burial rituals and prayers are usually observed around two weeks after the deceased dies. It takes fourteen days for the body to dry. This also allows for family members to gather objects for burial as well as grieve.

Related Location
Firtinasi desert
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