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Embalmer (ancient Egyptian: wt) was an ancient Egyptian occupational title. Embalmers were responsible for the preservation of human remains. They were specialized in embalming and mummification by removing organs, ridding the body of moisture, and covering the body with natron. The embalmers worked together with priests who performed the religious part of the mummification process, which involved the god Anubis. Embalming workshops were situated close to necropolises.


The ancient Egyptians believed that an intact body was required to cross over into the afterlife. There were different techniques of embalming, with the most sophisticated only being affordable by royalty and high nobility. The embalmers who treated this upper class of society were themselves particularly well off as well and could thus also be viewed as high class citizens. However, embalming workshops existed for all classes of society.

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