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Mummies are much more morbid than most other mythic monsters for one main reason: they’re real! What exactly are mummies, and how are they made?

Ancient Egyptians often made cats into mummies. They thought cats were blessed. Egyptians wrapped the cat mummies in linen. Bastet was a cat goddess. People would give cat mummies to her temple. Offering the mummies was a way to worship Bastet.





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Making Connections


Have you seen a mummy in a museum before? If so, what did you think of it? If not, would you like to? Why or why not?


Have you read about how other societies treat their dead? How do those ideas compare with what you read in this book?


How should scientists handle mummies and the things in their tombs? Do they need to be respectful? Why or why not?

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