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The Mummys Curse: Mummymania in the English-Speaking World Jasmine Day

The Mummys Curse: Mummymania in the English-Speaking World

Jasmine Day

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ISBN : 9780415340229
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230 pages
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The most penetrating study of the legendary Mummys Curse of ancient Egypt ever conducted. The book uncovers forgotten nineteenth-century fiction and poetry, revolutionizes the study of mummy horror films, and reveals the prejudices embedded inMoreThe most penetrating study of the legendary Mummys Curse of ancient Egypt ever conducted. The book uncovers forgotten nineteenth-century fiction and poetry, revolutionizes the study of mummy horror films, and reveals the prejudices embedded in childrens toys.Jasmine Days publication shows that the curses structure and meaning has changed over time, as public attitudes toward archaeology and the Middle East were transformed by events such as the discovery of Tutankhamuns tomb. The evidence for the book was garnered from detailed examinations, original surveys, and field observations of museum visitors conducted globally. This demonstrates that media stereotypes—to which museums inadvertently contribute—promote a negative and fear filled image of mummies.The riddle of the Curse of the Pharaohs is finally solved via a radical anthropological treatment of the legend, as a cultural concept, rather than a physical phenomenon. A must for anyone interested in this ancient and mystifying legend.