Embalming the dead has been an ancient process which was being followed for several hundreds of years by a few cultures in the world. The Egyptians used some very complex procedures to embalm a person's body. They used several herbs and natural chemicals to complete the process. However, the modern embalming procedures are very clean and also advanced. It does not take much time also.
During the Civil War some of the books reflected that the embalming procedure was carried out by removing all the organs from the body and then packing the empty cavities with charcoal. Then the corpse was wrapped up in a sheet and then soaked in alum. Also, some of them followed embalming by injecting acetate through the carotid artery for the preservation of the body.
The embalming procedure was mainly adopted because the funeral directors wanted to find out a way through which the body could be displayed for several days and without decaying.
One of the classic examples of preserving the body through embalming is the mummies found in Egypt. Even after thousands of years of their death, even today some of the mummies retain their bodies. The demand for embalming the bodies increased in the US at the time of the Civil War. Loved ones wanted top see the body of the dead and the only way to enable that was through embalming. It became such a popular procedure that even president Lincoln took deep interest in the process. So, embalming and shipping the body to their respective families was followed ever since.
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