Return of the Mummy: Re-Wrapping Unsavory Truths for a Globally Aware World

An excellent essay by KC REDDING-GONZALEZ, who reminds us to respect the dead and cultures not our own.

Zombie Salmon (the Horror Continues)

It’s not just about grave-robbing anymore…

Somehow, that is the potential problem that plagues the modern Mummy, still interpreted by Hollywood primarily…Instead we are obsessed with special effects, popular movie stars, and ancient curses we manage to make up ourselves. Always we decorate our interpretations of Mummy stories with elaborate bigotries and racist caricature.

Nowhere in the past have we treated the culture we are robbing to tell the Mummy’s tale with the respect it is due, nor in a way that enhances the story.

What a shame…For with the Mummy we stand among the most powerful subgenres in Horror – in the fertile ground of the Gothic Romance and the Ghost Story, amidst a magnificent example of marginalization of the Other: the grave-robbing of an antiquated culture for fun and profit, and the exotic dead laced with the desperation of revenge.

Somehow, with visions of pulp and action adventure…

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2 thoughts on “Return of the Mummy: Re-Wrapping Unsavory Truths for a Globally Aware World

  1. Thank you for the re-blog! There is nothing wrong with a little summer fun…unless it comes at someone else’s expense. I hope people will think about such Mummy musings when the blockbusters roll on…There really ARE people attached to the myths!

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