The term “mummy” has been distorted for many years and is currently associated with horror characters that are very popular in Halloween, television series and movies, so some Representatives of the British Museum began to call for an end to the use of the word. to refer to mummified Egyptian remains.
According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, British Museum and Great North Museum: Hancock of Newcastle They began to move away from using the term “mummy” to refer to mummified people, arguing that they deserve respect and recognition that they were once human. While National Museums of ScotlandEdinburgh removed the word “mummy” from the labels of their human remains.
Those in charge of the British Museum claim that They banned the term “mummy” out of respect for the Egyptians who died 3,000 years ago.. Instead of “mummy”, the museum considers the term “mummified people” to be more politically correct.
“When we know a person’s name we use it, otherwise we use ‘male, female, boy, girl, or mummified person’ because we mean people, not objects“, a spokesman for the Daily Mail said.
to museums they are also concerned that the word was associated with terrifying monsters.thanks to countless B-series horror films like The Mummy from 1932 or the most recent films from the early 2000s.
Origin of the word “mummy”
The word “mummy” has been used in English since at least 1615.but some say he has a colonial background, as It comes from the Arabic word “mummiya”, which means “bitumen”. and it was used as an embalming agent. Many mummies arrived in Britain during imperial times, especially during the Victorian era, when the fashion for unwrapping them spread.
The word “mummy” is not a misnomer. It comes from the Arabic word “mummy”, which means “wax” or “bitumen”. a blackish-brown resin used to embalm the dead in ancient Egypt.. This embalming process created the characteristic dry and wrinkled appearance of the bodies that became known as “mummies”. The term was later adopted by Europeans in the 16th century to describe similarly preserved bodies from other cultures around the world.
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