10 Facts About Mummies That Will Surprise You

When most people hear the word mummy they tend to immediately think of Ancient Egypt and the pharaohs who were carefully placed in their final resting positions inside of tombs and pyramids. There are more mummies than just what Hollywood and old mystery novels want to tell us, though. In reality, the study of mummification has been taking place since the early twentieth century. The existence of mummies, however, has been known about since long before that. The Egyptians would mummify their dead as a form of respect for the lives these people once led. Here are ten facts about mummies that may just surprise you.


A mummy, by definition, is the remains of a human or animal that has been ceremoniously preserved by removing all internal organs, treating the body with natron and resin, and then wrapping the finished remains in bandages.


The English word of “mummy” actually stems from the Medieval Latin word “mumia,” which is borrowed from Medieval Arabic’s “mumiya.” It all means an embalmed corpse, plus the bituminous embalming substance that is used.