Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Egyptians

  • The pyramids of Petach Tikvah

    Simon WeinPetach Tikvah Dead bodies may be burned, buried, left for carrion animals,1 dropped into the sea, mummified, made into fertilizer or diamonds,2 or sent to universities to be dissected. However, there are several reasons why in many cultures the dead are buried in cemeteries and mausoleums: Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address used the dedication of…

  • Embalming

    The practice of embalming the dead goes back at least to the ancient Egyptians, who wanted to ensure that they arrived in the afterworld in a presentable state as well as having their sarcophagi and pyramids provided with all the necessities required for that long journey. The page shown here is from The Champion Text…