Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Mummy Powder

The things you learn on the internet! "Like the mummies of many civilizations, Guanche mummies were used and abused by various individuals--so much so that very few remain today. A large number (apparently well over half the preserved bodies found) were pulverized into powder and sold as "mummy"--a medicine often prescribed by medieval doctors for stomach aches. At first only Egyptian mummies were ground for "mummy," but by the 1500s, the supply of Egyptian mummy had dwindled. Consequently, Guanche mummies were used, effectively obliterating their dead and destroying whatever information the mummies could have shared with scientists about the history and prehistory of Guanche people." Link…

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