The answer is sometimes. Especially when the dearly departed looked a bit like Elizabeth Taylor.

The historian Herodotus, who visited Egypt in the 5th century B.C. wrote:

"When the wives of high-ranking men die, the husbands do not deliver them right away to be embalmed, nor do they immediately hand over very beautiful or famous women but wait till the third or fourth day after death. They do this so that the embalmers may not have sexual intercourse with these women. For word has it that one was caught mounted upon a fresh female corpse, and was exposed by a fellow worker."

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