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NEWS: Ancient Egyptian elite interred as one mummy but in multiple coffins

20130831-110445.jpgCoffin set belonging to the temple singer Tamutnofret, composed of an outer coffin, an inner coffin and a “mummy-cover”, a full-length death mask that was placed over the mummy (Source: UPI.com).

“Elite individuals in ancient Egypt were often entombed in multiple coffins, with as many as eight of them nested like Russian dolls, researchers say.

Egyptologist Anders Bettum of the University of Oslo in Norway says the practice was intended to ensure the transformation of the deceased from human to deity.

“The numerous layers of coffins around the mummy functioned as repeated images of the deceased, but also as protective capsules, similar to the larva’s pupa before its transformation to a butterfly.

“The Egyptian coffin sets are based on the same principle that we can observe with Chinese boxes and Russian nested matryoshka dolls, where objects are nested inside each other to constitute a complete ensemble,” he said.” – via UPI.com.

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