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opening of the mouth - This was a special ceremony that happened at the funeral. It made it so that the dead person could taste and smell and hear and touch. This would help them get ready for the afterlife.

This ceremony was performed at the funeral to restore the senses of the deceased. The ceremony was done by touching an adze to the mouth of the mummy or statue of the deceased; it was believed to restore the senses in preparation for the afterlife.