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Mummies around the world : an encyclopedia of mummies in history, religion, and popular culture
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Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2015]

Abc-Clio Inc 2014
ISBN:
9781610694193
Physical Description:
xxxiv, 470 pages ; 26 cm
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English
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"Perfect for school and public libraries, this is the only reference book to combine pop culture with science to uncover the mystery behind mummies and the mummification phenomena"-- Provided by publisher.

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Perfect for school and public libraries, this is the only reference book to combine pop culture with science to uncover the mystery behind mummies and the mummification phenomena.

* Includes photographs, reproductions of ancient art, images from films and television, and a bibliography to encourage further research

* Features profiles of famous archaeologists and key figures who have been instrumental in bringing the mummy to modern consciousness

* Contains various timelines tracing the exploration of the Egyptian tombs, the birth of modern genetic and radiologic methods of study, the evolution of mummies in film and literature, and the history of mummies around the world

* Highlights key facts and interesting trivia related to mummies in helpful sidebars

* Offers an extensive bibliography to encourage further reading


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This is a comprehensive encyclopedia of all aspects of mummies, dating from prehistory to the present time, including the history and science of artificial and natural mummies, religious beliefs, and popular-culture references. The introduction to this work gives a brief overview of artificial, natural, and fictional mummies which are dealt with in more detail in the individual entries. Front matter also includes a list of entries in alphabetical order, a Guide to Related Topics, and a time line dating from 5000 BCE to the present. Each of the more than 100 signed entries provide see also and Further Readings references, and a few black-and-white images are scattered throughout the text. Sample entries include Bog bodies, Egyptomania, Mummy's curse, and Universal Studios mummy series. The bibliography is divided by general books, specific types of mummies, literary works, movies, biographies, and websites, with the majority of the print titles cited published within the last 20 years. The eight websites listed in the bibliography all detail mummy research and excavations, but websites on popular culture would have been a nice addition to the more factual ones listed. 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.--Hoffman, Anne Copyright 2015 Booklist


Choice Review

A WorldCat subject search reveals that this encyclopedia on mummies is the first one published in the past ten years. The preface describes the book's goal as one that "unites history and science with religion and popular culture to illuminate this fascinating figure from humanity's dreams and nightmares." The introductory guide organizes the volume's entries under 11 broad subjects, pointing to articles on the mummies of Egypt, Europe, and Latin America; the mummy figure in literature, film, and television; and approaches taken by scientists, explorers, and various organizations dedicated to research on mummies. The encyclopedia also offers a time line and biographies of its well-credentialed contributors; one, Bob Brier, wrote The Mummy Encyclopedia (CH, Jul'98, 35-5958), updated in 2004, the only other resource comparable to this title. Each entry includes recommended sources for further reading that are not replicated in the general bibliography at the back of the book. Black-and-white illustrations are good, though not plentiful. Perhaps the most macabre entries reveal the habit of unwrapping mummies, popular in the 19th century, and the unanticipated afterlife many of these bodies suffered at the hands of clueless or unscrupulous handlers. 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. --Michael W. Handis, The Graduate Center, City University of New York


Library Journal Review

"Mummymania," a subset of Egyptomania, has been a part of Western culture since the early 19th century. Cardin (independent scholar; The Teeming Brain blog) gathers here 43 international co-contributors including Bob "Mr. Mummy" Briar, author of two editions of The Encyclopedia of Mummies. That book was an intellectual and spiritual precursor to this cross-cultural exploration of naturally occurring mummies and artificial mummies from around the world, which also examines mummies in literature, lore, and cinema. Intended for the general reader, the articles are arranged alphabetically by topical title, and each includes suggested further reading in addition to the fully classified common bibliography. 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. VERDICT An educational and entertaining compendium that is recommended for all "mummymaniacs" everywhere.-Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.