What happens to people after they die? The Egyptians thought that if they mummified a dead person, his spirit would live forever. At first nature did the job; the desert sun dried and preserved bodies buried in shallow sand pit graves. Mummifying methods became more elaborate with time, as did after-life dwelling places. Eventually the Egyptians built the largest known tombs—the pyramids—in which wealthy Egyptians were buried with food, household items, and treasure. The ancient Egyptian way of death has left us a rich legacy of information about a way of life of which there is no other record. Lila Perl's account, illustrated by photographs and drawings, is as fascinating as it is revealing.
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