In ancient Egypt, the preservation of the body was considered essential in preparing for the trip to the afterlife. Keeping the cadaver intact ensured that the ka, or life force, remained with the body through death. The method of choice was mummification, of course, which was accomplished in a few easy-to-follow steps.

In ancient Egypt, the preservation of the body was considered essential in preparing for the trip to the afterlife. Keeping the cadaver intact ensured that the ka, or life force, remained with the body through death. The method of choice was mummification, of course, which was accomplished in a few easy-to-follow steps.

1. He's all washed up

Wash the body from head to toe with water. Cleansing the exterior of the cadaver is crucial to the preservation process.

2. Organ donor

After making an incision just below the heart on the left side of the body, carefully remove the lungs, liver, intestines and stomach. It's important, however, to leave the lifeless heart as it is. Ancient Egyptians considered the heart a necessary component in one's spiritual journey.

3. He nose how to use his brain

Using a special hooked instrument, latch onto the brain and pull it out through one of the nostrils. Logic says this is impossible. It is not. The brain can be discarded.

4. Something salty

Cover the carcass with natron, a salty substance made up of different types of sodium. The high doses of salt will dehydrate the body and cause its blood to drain. This will take around 40 days.

5. Linens and things

Soak plenty of gauze bandages in natron and cover the body, top to bottom. This gives it the classic mummy look. Decorate as much as desired. Now sit back and wait for a call from Brendan Fraser. Rumor has it he's looking for extras for his next Mummy sequel.