ancient Egyptian art
A quick look at: mourning in ancient Egypt. Photo: Relief showing mourners from Saqqara, now at the Louvre, ca. 1330 BCE. It could be argued that many funerals today are for the benefit of the living instead of the salvation of the dead. This however was certainly not the case in ancient Egypt; the funeral, like the mummification process, was a vital stage in regeneration of the deceased -not an end, rather the first stage in the final voyage. The cortège which accompanied the mummy to the c...