Mummy Facts: 5 Crazy Facts About Mummies You Never Knew

By: Olivia Schneider | Segun Oduolowu Posted: 11:18 AM, Feb 18, 2019

Movies like The Mummy make ancient mummies terrifying. Thankfully, real ones aren’t as scary, but they are surrounded by mystery. So our friend Sari on Science from the Arizona Science Center is unearthing some crazy mummy facts.


1. Mummies Were Used in Medicine


First on our list of mummy facts? Mummies were used in medicine! Yep, you read that right. People were so impressed with how well-preserved mummies were, they actually used to use them in medicines. They would grind them up and put them in topical ointments, or even ingest them to try and take in that life spirit. Yikes!


2. Mummy Parties Were Normal


Now here’s one of those mummy facts that isn’t for the faint of heart. Did you know people held mummy parties…and that unwrapping wasn’t for gifts? Yes, people would actually bring mummies in their homes and invite all their friends. Back in the 1800s, unwrapping mummies was all the rage. And as they’d get unwrapped, people would find amulets or jewelry. And if there wasn’t enough loot to go around, eventually they started giving out body parts.


3. Mummies Cost a Lot


Next, you might not know is that the mummy process is pricey. You’d think turning oneself into a mummy must be pretty cheap, right? Welp, in the ancient Egyptian times, the mummification process today would cost upwards of $3500. Trying to stick around forever costs a lot!


4. Mummies Can Have Passports


Next on our roundup of mummy facts – there’s one mummy who can travel forever with his own passport! Part of the mystery surrounding mummies is their travel to the afterlife. But there’s a mummy that really did some traveling. Ramses is really famous, and Egypt actually issued him a passport in 1974 so that he could travel and make sure that he came back to Egypt.


5. Mummies Are Older Than Egypt


The last thing you don’t know is that mummies pre-date Egypt! People seem to think mummies come from Egypt, but there are actually mummies that come from all over the world. South Americans used to mummify their loved ones about 2,000 years before the Egyptians even started.


If you’re looking for mummy facts, now you’ve got five that make up thousands of years of history.


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