Ancient Egyptian Funeral Traditions Quiz

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What was the significance of the 72 days of mourning for the kings' funerals?

It provided opportunity for anyone to accuse the king of wrongdoing.

What was the role of the 40 judges during the pre-burial rites?

To test the accuracy of accusations brought against the deceased.

What was the consequence if an accuser succeeded in showing that the deceased had led a bad life?

The body was deprived of a legal burial.

What was the purpose of entreaties to the gods of the infernal regions during the funeral?

To ensure that the deceased would be admitted into the place reserved for good men.

What happened to those who were deprived of burial because they lay under the ban of an accusation or had not paid their debts?

They were merely laid in their houses without proper burial.

What materials were used in the funeral process for the poor under normal circumstances?

Bitumen and natron

Where were the poor laid to rest after the funeral?

In a hole, a cave, or the open desert

What did the people do when a king died?

Wept, rent their garments, and abstained from sacrifices and festivals

What did the people parade in the streets with when a king died?

Mud on their heads and their garments knotted like girdles below their breasts

What did the people deny themselves of when a king died?

Wheat, animal food, wine, and dainty fare

What were the few personal ornaments of the dead person placed on during the funeral process for the poor?

The face of the deceased

What was the primary role of the 40 judges during the pre-burial rites for the wealthy?

To determine if the deceased led a good life

What did the people parade in the streets with when a king died?

Mud on their heads

What materials were used in the funeral process for the poor under normal circumstances?

Bitumen or natron

What was placed on the deceased to support his weary feet in the nether-world during the funeral process for the poor?

Sandals

What was the purpose of the funeral oration over the body of the king?

To give the assembled multitude the opportunity to express approval or disapproval of the king's life

What happened during the pre-burial rites if an accuser succeeded in showing that the deceased had led a bad life?

The judges made a decree which deprived the body of a legal burial

What was the significance of the 72 days of mourning for the kings' funerals?

To ensure that no one dared to make use of baths, recline on couches, or partake in pleasures of love

What materials were used in the burial process for those who had private burial places?

They were buried using sumptuous materials provided by their younger family members

What was the role of the 40 judges during the pre-burial rites?

To make a decree depriving the body of a legal burial if an accusation was found to be true

Test your knowledge of the funeral practices in ancient Egypt, including the differences in funeral celebrations for the rich and the poor. Explore the rituals and customs associated with ancient Egyptian funerals in this quiz.

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