Egyptians believed that if the bodies of the dead were persevered the would live in the afterlife. Only the bodies of important people, usually the rich, were mummified. This process was slow it usually took 3 or 4 months. Workers called embalmers carefully removed the organs. They would cut a hole in the side of the body and scoop out the organs. For the brain they would scoop it out of the nose. After the organs were removed they would be put in jars called canopic jars. Then the body was filled with natural salt called natron and stored for at least 42 days. Once dry the body was cleaned and bathed in spices. Then it would be wrapped in several layers of linen. After all this it would be placed in a coffin and then in a tomb.