Mummies are among the most famous characters associated with Halloween. Often depicted as bandaged zombies, mummies have carved a place for themselves in pop-culture and subsequently become one of Halloween’s most notable characters. One of the most interesting things about mummies is that their legend derives from actual burial rituals that were commonplace in Ancient Egypt. Unlike other Halloween characters, mummies (non-living ones) certainly do exist and can even be viewed in museums. Although there are various depictions of mummies available via Halloween costumes—everything from sexy to scary, male and female—there are certain things associated with nearly all mummies. Below are three such things:
Mummies are basically the bodies of important people who died in Ancient Egypt. In that place and time period, it was common to wrap the bodies of the dead (at least the wealthy dead) in bandages and encase them in decorative coffins.
Mummies are strongly associated with Ancient Egypt because they are based on actual buried bodies of Ancient Egyptians. The mummies that appear in pop-culture horror media became popular in the 20th century after archeologists uncovered many such tombs.
Mummies are usually the bodies of people who had high status in Ancient Egypt. Hence, they were buried in lavish tombs filled with vases, jewels and an assortment of other treasures. In many horror films, mummies come to life after being angered by having their tombs raided and their place of rest disturbed.