Egypt mummies to pass through Cairo in an ancient rulers’ parade
The Mummy Returns. a group of films that appeared in the early 2000s that tell about the mummy stick to life, an evil mummy trying to take over the world and confronted by a group of American researchers,
and in a context of drama, horror, suspense and sometimes comedy the mummy begins to dominate the world
This was the idea in many minds of what would happen if the mummy came back in motion
Now in Egypt, the mummy is returning to the movement, but as part of propaganda for one of the oldest civilizations, the Pharaonic civilization, the mummies move in their procession from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to their new royal headquarters
Crowds of Egyptians are expected to line the streets to witness an historic procession of their country’s ancient rulers through the capital, Cairo.
The lavish, multimillion-dollar spectacle will see 22 mummies – 18 kings and four queens – transported from the peach-coloured , neo-classical Egyptian Museum to their new resting place 5km away.
With tight security arrangements befitting their royal blood and status as national treasures,
the mummies will be relocated to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in what is called The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade.
They will be transported with great fanfare in chronological order of their reigns – from the 17th Dynasty ruler, Seqenenre Taa II, to Ramses IX, who reigned in the 12th Century BC.
One of the main attractions of Saturday’s event is King Ramses II, the most famous pharaoh of the New Kingdom, who ruled for 67 years and is remembered for signing the first known peace treaty.
Another is Queen Hatshepsut, or Foremost of Noble Ladies. She became ruler even though the customs of her time were that women did not become pharaohs.
Each mummy will be carried on a decorated vehicle fitted with special shock-absorbers and surrounded by a motorcade, including replica horse-drawn war chariots.
While ancient mummification techniques originally preserved the pharaohs, for the move they have been placed in special nitrogen-filled boxes to help protect them against external conditions. Roads along the route have also been repaved to keep the journey smooth.
The mummies were discovered in 1881 and 1898 in two caches in the ruins of Thebes, Egypt’s ancient capital – modern day Luxor in Upper Egypt.
“They have already seen a lot of movement in Cairo and before that in Thebes, where they were moved from their own tombs to other sepulchres for safety .
While most of the ancient rulers’ remains were brought from Luxor to Cairo via boat on the Nile, a few were transported in the first-class carriage of a train.
They were housed in the iconic Egyptian Museum and visited by tourists from around the world for the past century.
So the return of the mummies to life is linked this time to the ambition to return tourism to Egypt after years of disruption
Of course . Egypt’s authorities are hoping that the new museum, which opens fully this month, will help revitalise tourism – a prime source of foreign currency for the country.
The industry has been battered by political turbulence over the past decade, and more recently by the pandemic.
But why was the return of the mummies in the movies associated with fear and horror? Is there really something called the curse of the pharaohs?
While it is being seen as a grand – and even fun – event, Egypt’s mummies have historically been associated with superstition and foreboding.
“Death will come on quick wings for those who disturb the king’s peace,” read the warning on King Tut’s tomb, discovered by Englishman Howard Carter in 1922.
Recently, Egypt has had a string of disasters. Last week alone dozens of people were killed in a train crash in Sohag, Upper Egypt, while at least 18 people died when a building collapsed in Cairo.
Then, as preparations were in full swing to transfer the mummies, the Suez Canal was blocked by the MS Ever Given cargo ship for almost a week.
Social media users have questioned whether “the curse of the pharaohs” might be to blame.
The ethics of displaying ancient Egyptian mummies has long been debated. Many Muslim scholars believe that the dead should be treated with dignity and respect and not be exhibited as curiosities.
In 1980, President Anwar Sadat ordered the Royal Mummy Room at the Egyptian Museum closed, arguing that it desecrated the dead. He wanted the mummies to be reburied instead, though he did not get his wish.
Scientifically, no link has been proven to what is called the curse of the Pharaohs
Also, these mummies were previously moved from their headquarters to the Tahrir Museum
But this is one of the myths of the Pharaonic civilization, and the mummies are part of the mystery of this great civilization
There are other secrets about temples and pyramids, especially the Great Pyramid and Pharaonic obelisks
I think that some of these obelisks exist outside Egypt
Indeed, the Luxor obelisk is the oldest monument on the land of Paris that testifies to a “French fondness” for the ancient civilization of Egypt.
It was uprooted from the roots of its temple in the city of Luxor in southern Egypt and erected in Place de la Concorde during the nineteenth century, thus becoming a witness to many conflicts and political and national events of the French Republic until now.
And another famous obelisk in America, it was moved in 1879 , and the transportation journey took four months to its current location in New York City, Central Park.
This is other than the obelisks in Italy, Turkey and London, and they were placed in their largest squares
The Pharaonic civilization is great and ancient for you. It is full of mysteries, and the connection to a specific accident is a madness.
Hundreds of millions of people in the world have visited Egypt over the years. Egypt has a unique cultural diversity that no country from China to America can compete with.