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EGYPTIANS, NOT GREEKS WERE TRUE FATHERS OF MEDICINE

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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2007, 05:37:00 pm »







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by Judith Illes
 

Perhaps my greatest challenge, as someone who teaches ancient Egyptian mythology and lifeways to the younger grades, has been, in the face of various, wildly popular Mummy horror movies, explaining that true Egyptian mummies were not intended or perceived as scary, threatening, disgusting or ugly.  Instead the process of mummification corresponded to the intense need for beauty among the ancient Egyptians. Mummification ideally preserved and protected the beauty of the human form.  A crucial component of this process was a carbonate salt, known as natron.

                               


The use of natron, however, was not reserved for the dead. Based upon the records left to posterity, natron was a fairly ubiquitous product for the living as well. Natron was ancient Egypt's supreme cleansing product. It was used for household cleansing as well as to cleanse the body. Formulae featuring natron were used to rid the home of vermin.  It was also used to cleanse the body, teeth and prevent unattractive body odors.     
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