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How can one build an ancient Egyptian mummy and tomb for a school project?

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An Egyptian mummy and tomb can be made out of a doll, cloth strips, charms, crayons and cardboard. During Egyptian times, the bodies of the dead were often preserved and placed in tombs following mummification.

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To begin, take a doll and wrap it in cloth strips. Make sure that the doll is completely covered. It might help to start down by the feet and work up to the feet. Next, add amulets in the cloth wrappings.Try using jewelry or coins for your amulets. Then, make the coffin or tomb out of a cardboard box. Decorate it with hieroglyphics and stand it upright to act as the tomb. This can also be the coffin and a tomb can be added by taking an even larger cardboard box and placing the coffin inside of it.

Ancient Egyptians believed that a person's soul had to be judged by Osiris, the god of the underworld, and if it was judged to be good, then the person would be able to enter into paradise. However, in order to do so, the soul would need to reunite with the body, and in order for that to happen, the body had to look the same way that it did while on Earth so that the soul would recognize it. This is why the Egyptians believed that the corpse must be mummified before it was placed in the tomb.

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