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Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki
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Oct 10, 2011

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bookshelves: kids-earlyreaderelementary, history-creation-to-fall-of-rome, world-africa
Recommended to Ebookwormy by: Tapestry of Grace
Read in October, 2011 — I own a copy

A fascinating, but sad book. The details of how the mummies were made are wonderful to ponder, but all the information about the motivation for preserving bodies (that the everlasting ba and ka might have a physical body to return to) are heartbreaking. What's even more heartbreaking is that most people living in ancient Egypt couldn't afford to be embalmed, and died thinking their lack of wealth separated them from their eternal destiny.

This is not to say the author/ artist hasn't done an excellent job in capturing the culture and practice of mummification for children. It just gave us an opportunity to discuss that Christianity and the practice of worship described by the Bible do not require material riches for salvation.
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