Mummies around the World: An Encyclopedia of Mummies in History, Religion, and Popular Culture, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Matt Cardin
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  • ISBN-10: 1610694201
  • ISBN-13: 9781610694209
  • DDC: 393.3
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 464 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released March 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Mortality and death have always fascinated humankind. Civilizations from all over the world have practiced mummification as a means of preserving life after death-a ritual which captures the imagination of scientists, artists, and laypeople alike. This comprehensive encyclopedia focuses on all aspects of mummies: their ancient and modern history; their scientific study; their occurrence around the world; the religious and cultural beliefs surrounding them; and their roles in literary and cinematic entertainment. Author and horror guru Matt Cardin brings together 130 original articles written by an international roster of leading scientists and scholars to examine the art, science, and religious rituals of mummification throughout history. Through a combination of factual articles and topical essays, this book reviews cultural beliefs about death; the afterlife; and the interment, entombment, and cremation of human corpses in places like Egypt, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. Additionally, the book covers the phenomenon of natural mummification where environmental conditions result in the spontaneous preservation of human and animal remains.



  • Matt Cardin

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Entries.
Guide to Related Topics.
1: Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.
2: Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium.
3: Alexander, Tenth Duke of Hamilton.
4: Animal Mummies.
5: Anubis.
6: Aufderheide, Arthur Carl.
7: The Awakening.
8: Bahariya Oasis: Valley of the Golden Mummies.
9: Belzoni, Giovanni.
10: Bentham, Jeremy.
11: Bioanthropology Research Institute.
12: Blackwood, Algernon.
13: Bog Bodies.
14: Book of the Dead.
15: The Book of the Dead (Anthology).
16: Brugsch, Emile.
17: Bubba Ho-Tep.
18: Buddhist Self-Mummification.
19: Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo.
20: Carnarvon, Fifth Earl of (George Herbert).
21: Carter, Howard.
22: Chaney, Lon, Jr..
23: Chinchorro Mummies.
24: Church of the Dead.
25: Cladh Hallan Mummies.
26: Coffin Texts.
27: Collecting Mummies.
28: Corelli, Marie.
29: Crypt Mummies of Sommersdorf Castle.
30: Dawson, Warren Royal.
31: Displaying Mummies.
32: Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars.
33: Doyle, Arthur Conan.
34: Egyptian Antiquities Museum.
35: Egyptian Collection, the British Museum.
36: Egyptian Mummies.
37: Egyptian Mummification Methods.
38: Egyptomania.
39: Embalming.
40: Experimental Mummification.
41: Fire Mummies: The Ibaloy Mummies of the Philippines.
42: Freund, Karl.
43: Gautier, Theophile.
44: Gebelein Man.
45: Genetic Study of Mummies.
46: German Mummy Project.
47: Gliddon, George Robins.
48: Grauballe Man.
49: Greenhill, Thomas.
50: Haggard, H. Rider.
51: Hammer Films mummy series.
52: Hierakonpolis.
53: Howard, Robert E..
54: Ice Mummies.
55: Imhotep.
56: Inca Mummies.
57: Incorruptibles.
58: Isis.
59: The Jewel of Seven Stars.
60: Juanita, the Inca Ice Maiden.
61: Karloff, Boris.
62: Kharis.
63: Lee, Christopher.
64: Lenin, Vladimir.
65: Lindow Man.
66: “Lost in a Pyramid; or, The Mummy’s Curse”.
67: Lovecraft, H. P..
68: Manchester Egyptian Mummy Project.
69: The Manchester Mummy (Hannah Beswick).
70: Mariette, Auguste.
71: Marquise of Tai.
72: Medical Imaging of Mummies.
73: Medicine and Mummies.
74: Mummies of Europe.
75: Mummies of Ferentillo.
76: Mummies of Guanajuato.
77: Mummies of Latin America.
78: Mummies of Lithuania.
79: Mummies of the World: The Exhibition.
80: Mummies of Venzone.
81: The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century.
82: The Mummy (1932).
83: The Mummy (1959).
84: The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns.
85: Mummy Documentaries.
86: The Mummy in Popular Culture.
87: The Mummy in Western Fiction: Beginnings to 1922.
88: The Mummy in Western Fiction: From 1922 to the Twenty-First century.
89: Mummy Movies.
90: The Mummy on Television.
91: Mummy Portraits.
92: Mummy Unwrappings.
93: Mummy’s Curse.
94: The Mummy’s Ghost and The Mummy’s Curse.
95: The Mummy’s Hand.
96: The Mummy’s Tomb.
97: Napoleon and the Birth of Egyptology.
98: Nasca Mummies.
99: Natural Mummification.
100: Nesyamun or Natsef-amun, the Leeds Mummy.
101: Opening of the Mouth.
102: Osiris.
103: Ötzi the Iceman.
104: Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph.
105: Poe, Edgar Allan.
106: Quinn, Seabury.
107: Religion and Mummies.
108: Rice, Anne.
109: Rohmer, Sax.
110: Rosetta Stone.
111: Royal Mummies of Egypt, Part One: Third to Eighteenth Dynasties.
112: Royal Mummies of Egypt, Part Two: Nineteenth to Twenty-Fifth Dynasties.
113: Ruffer, M. A..
114: Seth.
115: Siberian Ice Maiden/Ukok princess.
116: Smith, Clark Ashton.
117: Smith, Grafton Elliot.
118: Smoked bodies of Papua New Guinea.
119: Summum.
120: Swiss Mummy Project.
121: Theban Necropolis.
122: Tollund Man.
123: Tutankhamun (“King Tut”).
124: Uhle, Max.
125: Universal Studios mummy series.
126: Valley of the Kings.
127: Vatican Mummy Project.
128: “The Vengeance of Nitocris”.
129: Von Kahlbutz, Christian Friedrich.