21-25 Mummy Facts

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21.  Mummies in ancient Egypt were buried together with a Book of the Dead. The book consisted of a number of magic spells intended to assist a dead person’s journey through the Duat, or underworld, and into the afterlife. – Source

22. Mummies were mashed up and routinely ingested in the 16th to 17th centuries as remedies to cure ailments from headaches to ulcers. – Source

23. The reason mummified child Rosalia Lombardo appears to “blink” in tourist videos and pictures is because of how the sunlight hits her face throughout the day. Her eyes are mostly but not entirely closed, so depending on the position of the sun, her eyes might appear closed or open. – Source

24. In Guanajuato, Mexico you had to pay a tax to keep your dead relatives from being exhumed and put on display as mummies. – Source

25. The longest surviving book written in the still untranslated Etruscan language was found in the wrappings of an Egyptian mummy. – Source

26-29 Mummy Facts

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26. There is a monastery in Sicily with over 800 mummies on display. – Source

27. Linen is made from flaxseed. It is one of the first to be domesticated by man and it was used to wrap Egyptian mummies. – Source

28. Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois has an actual Egyptian mummy on display. – Source

29. 19th-century aristocrats hosted “disintegration parties” in which guests watched unwrapped mummies rapidly decompose. – Source

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Last Update: July 14, 2017