Mummies around the World: An Encyclopedia of Mummies in History, Religion, and Popular Culture
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Mortality and death have always fascinated humankind. Civilizations from all over the world have practiced mummification as a means of preserving life after death―a ritual which captures the imagination of scientists, artists, and laypeople alike. This comprehensive encyclopedia focuses on all aspects of mummies: their ancient and modern history; their scientific study; their occurrence around the world; the religious and cultural beliefs surrounding them; and their roles in literary and cinematic entertainment.
Author and horror guru Matt Cardin brings together 130 original articles written by an international roster of leading scientists and scholars to examine the art, science, and religious rituals of mummification throughout history. Through a combination of factual articles and topical essays, this book reviews cultural beliefs about death; the afterlife; and the interment, entombment, and cremation of human corpses in places like Egypt, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. Additionally, the book covers the phenomenon of natural mummification where environmental conditions result in the spontaneous preservation of human and animal remains.
"Mummies around the World is a fascinating overview that will be enjoyed by those with both a serious and a casual interest in mummies and their history."―
"A WorldCat subject search reveals that this encyclopedia on mummies is the first one published in the past ten years. . . . The scientific articles may be the most fascinating, given the advancement of technologies over the last 30 years. The majority of articles treat the mummies of Egypt, if for no other reason than this type of mummy has been ingrained in the Western imagination since Napoleon's invasion. Overall, a good introduction to the subject. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate students and general readers."―
"This truly rollicking blend of scientific and pop culture offers facts ranging from actual methods of mummification to an entry on the 1955 movie Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy and includes trivia-fact boxes. An educational and entertaining compendium that is recommended for all 'mummymaniacs' everywhere."―
About the Author
- Publisher : ABC-CLIO (November 17, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 470 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1610694198
- ISBN-13 : 978-1610694193
- Item Weight : 2.6 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 1.13 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,234,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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