Ancient Egypt Day: King Cluck is Dead, Long Live King Cluck

In Ancient Egypt, the death of a pharaoh was accompanied by a formal announcement, “The falcon is flown to heaven and (his successor) is arisen in his place”.

Our announcement was similar “King Cluck has flown the coop and another will rule to roost”.

I just love tradition.

As was the custom, we spent the last 70 days mummifying King Cluck.   It was time, finally, for us to take him to his final roosting place (I can’t help myself).

The Royal Embalmers had performed the mummification rituals and King Cluck was, finally, ready to be cooped up entombed.

R.J. couldn't join us, but intern embalmers were more than willing.

Now, it is time to lay him to roost rest.

I'm sure the faces reflect their sadness....not the smell....

The sarcophagus was adorned with jewels, filled with salt and more jewels and enhanced with flowers.

Of course, food accompanied King Cluck to the afterworld.  (No chicken-feed for this pharaoh!

Such an honor.

After all of the old salt was removed…from everywhere, King Cluck was wrapped in strips of linen with jewels tucked into each of the strips.

A T-shirt counts as linen, right?

He was then gently moved into his sarcophagus.

More salt, flowers and jewels were added.  (Seriously, I bought 15 boxes of salt for this guy)

The Royal Embalmers posed for a quick photo.  Sorry, R.J.  🙁

and finally the tomb was sealed.

After a few words, we belted out a few Cock-a-doodle-doos.  It was the right thing to do.

Generally, oxen are used to carry the sarcophagus to the tomb.  We were fresh out of oxen, so the interns and Royal Embalmers stepped in.

The Royal Embalmers gently placed King Cluck’s sarcophagus into his final roosting resting place.  (You probably thought I wouldn’t do that again….)

King Cluck was an honorable Pharaoh.  He may have been hen-pecked, but he was the Cock-o-the-walk for many years.  He may be all cooped up now, but we are sure he will have a happy and active afterlife.  Like a rooster in a hen house.

We all put a flower in the grave, belted out a series of Cock a doodle doos and wished King Cluck a happy afterlife.  He has finally come home to roost.


By the way, if you have a need for chicken sayings.  I pecked picked a few sayings from this very comprehensive site: 

You’re welcome.

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(3) Comments and (3) Replies

  1. miranda souder | November 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply

    haha i love that aunt jill plz feel frree to email me though! our class is mummifing a hot dog and i looked at ur site for a few pionters! hahaha! 🙂 i love it 🙂 love you tooo!

    • jill | November 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply

      Oh, I can’t wait to see your mummified hot dog!!! Did you name him/her? Love you

  2. miranda souder | November 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Reply

    hah ya we havnt made it yet, but we will. and i am not going to name it until i get back from wisconsin because i need to discuss it with my friend (partner). so i cant wait to see you tomorrow because i have a BIG surprise for you that i know you will L-O-V-E LOVE!!!! 🙂

    • jill | November 21, 2011 at 8:25 am | Reply

      Oh, I can’t wait for the big surprise (but the nicest surprise is seeing all of you!!!) We love you….

  3. miranda souder | December 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Reply

    hey!!! We named our hot dog, it’s name is Nagini. you know voldemorts snake in harry potter. well ya our sarcofogus (idont know how to spell it) is sooooooo cool and i love and since it vlodemort’s snake we made a clay snake and put it on the top.

    • jill | December 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Reply

      That’s a perfect name. and love the clay snake on top of the sarcophagus

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