During those early days, the ancient Egyptians also founded Memphis – the first capital of their great kingdom. Indeed for millennia, the city remained the most important in the region. And even though it eventually lost its status with the founding of Alexandria in the fourth century B.C., its ruins continue to fascinate archaeologists to this day.
Of all the many arcane rites of ancient Egypt, among the most fascinating is the practice of mummification. Now, it’s often observed that the process was carried out to preserve human remains in preparation for the afterlife. However, the full story is much more complex and nuanced than that.
According to experts, the practice of mummification may date as far back as the earliest Egyptian dynasties. And apparently, it has its roots in the ancient belief that the human soul could be broken down into three parts. Without the body to act as a vessel for the different elements, it was feared that these pieces could become scattered and lost.