The ancient Egyptians believed in afterlife. According to Ancient Encyclopedia “the afterlife for the ancient Egyptians was The Field of Reeds which was a perfect reflection of the life one had lived on earth.” Egyptians had a lot of traditions they did to help prepare themselves for afterlife. The Ancient Encyclopedia says that their belief in afterlife is why the bodies were mummified after death. The Egyptians believed that the body needed to be preserved here on Earth in order for the soul to have an afterlife. As part of their preparations for afterlife some Egyptians purchased a sarcophagus, a coffin and possibly an inner coffin. Coffins were generally made of wood, metal, stone or pottery. Gold and silver was used on some coffins, but this was generally reserved for kings or royalty. Some Egyptians were also buried with funerary objects. Not all could afford these though. Those that could not afford the objects generally had images of them painted on their coffins or tomb walls. A lot of the coffins were beautifully decorated with a lot of hieroglyphics and images. The hieroglyphics on the coffin included their name and title. There were also generally hieroglyphics on the back of the sarcophagus. “The line of hieroglyphics which run vertically down the back of a sarcophagus represent the backbone of the deceased and was thought to provide strength to the mummy in rising to eat and drink.” (Ancient Encyclopedia) According to an article by Monet even the people who didn’t have elaborate decorations generally at least had “eyes painted on their coffins so the deceased could see.” There were also decorations on the inside of the coffins including “a false door and lists of offerings”, according to Monet. The false door was there so the dead could step out to make their offerings. Some coffins are covered with spells from the Book of the Dead, these are spells they believed would help them in afterlife. Some coffins also had an image of the goddess of rebirth, Nut. The goddess Isis was also on a lot of coffins as a guard. This goddess was generally painted at the head and foot of the coffin. Another common image was an image of a scarab. The scarab was an image associated with rebirth. A lot of Egyptians also had images of the person wearing jewelry painted on their coffins. The wealthy were shown wearing many strands of beaded necklaces. Inside the coffin there was a mummy board placed on top of the mummy. This board consisted of 2 pieces. The first piece was for the top of the mummy including the face and crossed arms. The second piece was for the lower half of the body. In addition to the mummy board some of them also had a mask. According to crystalinks “This mask was believed to strengthen the spirit of the mummy and guard the soul from evil spirits on its way to the afterworld.” As you can see a lot of thought went into these beautifully decorated sarcophagi and coffin boxes. Monet, Jefferson. "Tour Egypt :: The Coffins of Ancient Egypt." The Coffins of Ancient Egypt. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.
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