Duamatef (Jackal Head) The Stomach


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Canopic jars were used by ancient Egyptians to hold mummified remains. Preserving the human body was very important to the religious beliefs of ancient Egyptians. During the mummification process, all major organs were removed. The liver, lungs, stomach and intestines were each placed in their own jar. This was done because Egyptians believed they would be needed in the afterlife. The heart was left inside the body because they believed it would be weighed in the afterlife, by the god Thoth. Canopic jars were decorated with sculpted heads of the Four Sons of Horus. Horus was god of the sky and depicted as a falcon-headed man. The Sons of Horus were personified by four canopic jars, each with a top representing a human or animal head. Each organ was guarded by a different jar: the liver by Imsety (human head), the lungs by Hapi (baboon head), the stomach by Duamatef (jackal head), and the intestines by Qebehsenuf (falcon head).

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