'MUMMY' Deemed Disrespectful To The 3,000-Year-Old Dead

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An Egyptian Mummy
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No, it's not a corpse but the word, Mummy that's considered disrespectful to the British museum's vocabulary as part of the woke agenda. The museum chiefs tries to not use the age-old tradition of calling embalmed Egyptian corpse a Mummy as it's now deemed offensive when possible.

In With The New

A mummified corpse in a golden casket
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The new acceptable word is Mummified Person or Mummified Remains, as the term "Mummy" is considered dehumanizing to non-living people. With the new terms, the museum's visitors can appreciate the remains as former human beings rather than as decoration in the historical building.

A New Dawn For Mummies

The British Museum traced the use of the word Mummy to its colonial era when the English people ruled the world. More than 600 years BC since getting the mummified Egyptian woman Irtyru, a museum in Newcastle, Great North Museum, edited the label on her casket to the new terms.

Spreading The Word

Scotland's National Museum
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The British museums aren't the only woke establishments trying not to use Mummies in their vocabularies as Scotland's National Museum joined the trend to become more sensitive to the corpses.

Once People, No More Objects

A museum representative explained that the grammatical connotation of the word Mummy remains, but its colloquial meaning has become insulting. The museum managers believe it's dehumanizing to refer to the remains as objects rather than people who once lived on Earth.

Why The Name Sensitivity

Besides the obvious slurry attachment to the slang, museum managers didn't like that the word now represented scary monsters in horror flicks. Hundreds of movies feature a scary character with the moniker Mummy. 

Turning Mummified Bodies Into Monsters

The most popular of those horror flicks is the cult-classic The Mummy which spurred a franchise of several remakes and sequels.

The Dangers Of Romanticizing Mummies As Movie Monsters

Mummy dress up
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While it's interesting to create those horror flicks, it dehumanizes the real life mummified persons who grace the halls of several museums and the pyramids in Egypt.

Etymology Of Mummy

Historians trace the word Mummy to the 17th century based on the bitumen used for embalming corpses. It's an Anglicization of the Arabic word, Mummiya (Bitumen).

The Fascinating Practice Of Embalming A Body

An Egyptian Ankh
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Preserving corpses with bitumen was as fascinating to the British as the idea of unwrapping said dead bodies. To date, anthropologists still exhume mummified remains from Egypt and unwrap them for study.

The New Normal

Alongside adjusting the terms used to address mummified people, the museums now expound on the information about the person who lived.

Not Monsters But Formerly People

Academics believe tracing the history and teaching it at the museums would demystify the idea of mummified remains and stop people from attributing them to real-life monsters.

A Slim Chance For Change

It's unlikely that'll happen but updating the museum's vocabulary is a step in the right direction.

Popular Mummy Movies

A Scooby-Doo! mummy
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The Mummy franchise featuring Tom Cruise (2017 reboot), The Scorpion King franchise featuring Dwayne Johnson, Hotel Transylvania, Scooby-Doo! mysteries and Night at the Museum.