19 Feb Mummy
“Anubis is associated with the mummification and protection of the dead for their journeys through Denver International Airport to the afterlife. He is usually portrayed as being half human and half jackal, and holding a metal detector in his hand … Anubis is employed by the Department of Homeland Security to examine the hearts of all travelers to make sure they have not exceeded the weight limit for psychological baggage … He is also shown frisking mummies and confiscating firearms and other contraband. It doesn’t take much to tip the scales in favour of a dead body cavity search or an afterlifetime travel ban.”
― Stephen Moles, The Most Wretched Thing Imaginable or, Beneath the Burnt Umbrella
Egypt, the Pharos’ land, one of the crown jewels of the African continent, and home to one of the most infamous supernatural undead in pop culture. The Mummy. The Mummy is considered one of the most powerful supernatural entities to grace literature and film pages.
The process of their creation is often horrifying and usually set upon as punishment to the worst wicked and vile. There are various types of mummies, supernatural mommies tough. The article will touch upon the more traditional mummies of royalty but focus on the one that haunts nightmares and is as powerful as Egypt is old.
These mummies are animated by an unholy curse that is found in the book of the dead. The subject of the mummies original curse is entombed for all eternity while not being able to die.
Suppose the Mummy ever does escape from its burial and manages to reclaim its vital organs. In that case, it will become a supernatural beast with powers over the elements, create plagues, and control the minds of weaker subjects.
A Romantic History
While far removed from its romance monster counterparts, tales of mummies were far more senior and not engaged by as monstrous figures but more like romantic tales of the gothic era. Rumors of the Egyptian chaos began in the 19th century while Egypt was being colonized by France’s country. Simultaneously, the French were busy pilfering the lands of the pharos the encounter of the undead royalty brought about tales of romance and sexual lust.
The Victorian Brittan then expanded the tales of unholy love that took control of Egypt and continued the steal of holy objects. The stories did not change. Mummies were originally undead queens brought to life to entice and seduce noble European explorers. These stories were initially presented in a romantic, almost humorous light. Unfortunately, women of Egypt were given as evil temptresses dedicated to stealing white men.
Stories such as Mummy’s Foot by Théophile Gautier, The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker, The Ring of Thoth by Arthur Conan Doyle, she: A History of Adventure and Smith and the Pharaohs by H. Rider Haggard, Year’s Eve Among the Mummies by Grant Allen, The Man’s Story by Julian Hawthorne, and Iras: A Mystery by H. D. Everett all presented the nobles of Egypt as temptresses, and even one introduced the protagonist marrying a mummy that takes the appearance of a beautiful woman.
It was not until 1930 that the notion of the romantic Mummy was suddenly flipped on its head. Famed actor Boris Karlos introduced the film movie monster mummy in the “1932 “The “Mummy.” The first time the shambling cloth-wrapped remanent would come to terrorize would-be film viewers. It was also the time it joined the ranks of other monsters like Count Dracula, Wolfman, and Frankenstein monster.
The original interpretation of the Mummy as a romantic archetype would come back in the80’se ’80s as Anne Rice produced the “over “The Mummy, or Ramses the “and.” This saw the titular female character discover and fall in love with a benevolent, misunderstood mummy figure. The romantic take lasted well into the 2010s as the novellas Don’t Tell Mummy by Tom B. Stone and the Inca Mummy Girl were seen on the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.