Embalmer: Ancient Egypt and Greater Religious Meaning Essay

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Embalmer, in most modern cultures, is the art and science of temporarily preserving human remains (some may preserve for long-term) to forestall decomposition and to make them suitable for public display at a funeral. The three goals of embalming are thus sanitization, presentation and preservation (or restoration) of a corpse to achieve this effect. Embalming has a very long and cross-cultural history, with many cultures giving the embalming processes a greater religious meaning. Embalming has been practiced in many cultures (Although not common in Zimbabwe). In classical antiquity, perhaps the ancient culture that had developed embalming to the greatest extent was that of Egypt, which developed the process of mummification. The Ancient Egyptians believed that preservation of the mummy empowered the soul after death, the latter of which would return to the preserved corpse.Embalmers are responsible for preserving and disinfecting a body until the cremation or burial is carried out. Their job is to try to restore the physical appearance of a deceased person and eliminate - as far as is possible - the distressing signs of death, so the body can be viewed by the bereaved. They may use wax and plaster of Paris to ensure that the appearance of the body is as natural as possible. They are also responsible for ensuring that there is no health risk to anyone coming into contact with the body. Embalmers' working hours are variable, and can include weekends. Part-time work is possible. A lot of time is spent standing and the work involves lifting and bending. Embalmers may have to travel to different funeral parlous locally and even nationally. Some embalmers spend short periods away from home.
As an embalmer you should: be sensitive to other people's…