Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mummy Black

An old-time ingredient one finds in certain medicines and remedies is Mummia, a powder made from ground up Egyptian mummies. (Wouldn't that be a first-class goofer dust?) A little article about mummia can be found here.

Mummia is a good example of the lack of distinction held in the past between scientific and magical practices -- most of the properties attributed to mummia would now be considered more on part with magic than with legitimate medicine or chemistry, but for ages it was felt to be otherwise.

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