Egyptians believed that the body had to be intact and preserved in order to gain entrance to the Afterlife. Humans, as well as animals, were mummified with great care. In ancient Egypt, hundreds of yards of linen were used to carefully wrap a mummy. The exact arrangement of the rolls and shrouds of linen varied a lot from period to period and can be helpful in dating mummies. Protective amulets and sometimes the deceased person’s jewelry were placed between the layers of linen.
Mummified animals were purchased from temple priests and left by petitioners who wished special favors from a God, as various Egyptian Gods took the likeliness of animals. For example, Jackals represented Anubis, Ibises represented Thoth, Cats represented the Sun God Ra, Falcons represented Horus, and list goes on.