WHO IS MUMM-RA?
Known by the more formal title Mumm-Ra the Ever Living,‘Mummsy’ (as he’s probably known to his close circle of mates) is a demon sorcerer and all around old dude. Every so often he gets a full body makeover courtesy of his pals at the Ancient Spirits of Evil Incorporated and that’s when he suddenly takes on the form of an Austrian bodybuilder with gnarly teeth.
Mumm-Ra has appeared in comics from Star, Marvel UK and Wildstorm and according to the book Thundercats Origins: Heroes & Villains, his real name is Wahankh (be careful how you pronounce that one).
Yes as Wahankh (must resist the urge to laugh) Mumm-Ra was given amazing powers from the Ancient Spirits of Evil so that he could rule Egypt. However Mumm-Ra ballsed up the plan and was consigned to an existence as an immortal mummy. He then hung around his dusty old crypt, met the Thundercats and the rest is history.
SO IS HE LIKE A MUMMY FROM ANCIENT EGYPT?
Yeah kind of, only more talkative. However he is just as equally scary!
I SEE, SO WHAT MAKES MUMMIES SO SCARY?
To preserve a person once they had died Egyptian embalmers used salt to remove moisture from a body and then they anointed it with oils and perfumes. The body was then treated with Natron (a mix of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate) and wrapped in linen strips as wall as sheets in order to perfectly preserve and protect the corpse. Once this process was completed the body was then covered in sacred charms and laid to rest in a sarcophagus.
Sound a little creepy?
Well yes it was, as these mummified corpses remained in their tombs until they were uncovered by raiders or archeologists years later.
As you can imagine the sight of a corpse wrapped in sheets was a horrifying discovery, but not as horrifying as the curses that were said to be placed on the tombs! Curses that would be transferred to anyone uncovering the inhabitant.
DID YOU KNOW?
One of the most famous mummies the ancient Egyptian, Pharaoh Set I. The first recorded case of Egyptian mummification dates back to 3500 BC.
AND DID YOU KNOW?
In Egypt over 1 million animal mummies have been discovered and most of them are cats!
DID YOU ALSO KNOW?
Mummies formed from extreme cold include the Ice Maiden, the Llullaillaco child mummies and Otzi the Iceman!
In 2010 a deceased taxi driver from the UK was mummified as part of a TV programme. No, seriously!