Secret of Anubis - Ancient Astronomy
By Karima Lachtane

Mummy Movie Fact vs Fiction


Updated 25.07.2013



  • Hamunaptra, is it Real or Fiction?
  • Did Imhotep exist?
  • Does the Anubis Army exist?
  •  Treasure Chambers?

  • The movie, the Mummy has taken a lot of people upon a journey into ancient Egypt, or did it? 

    The question is,
    Was there really an evil priest named Imhotep, and did he go against the Pharaoh (king)? These are some of the questions taken up in this short blog post.




    This movie is one of my favorites, I am not so keen on the last one, probably because it isn't in Egypt. But it is a good movie just like the first one.

    The Mummy was directed by Stephen Sommers, he also directed the movie Catch me if you can with Leonardo DiCaprio, another good one.

    I really think that the movie is one of the best ones about ancient Egypt. I must admit I had hoped for more, in the same adventures style, but with other aspect of the ancient Egyptians. There are so many to pick from.


    But if you haven't seen it, then 
    I truly recommend it!

    Hamunaptra, Real or Fiction

    Actually in the movie Hamunaptra was said to symbolize the "city of the Dead," but the ancient Egyptian 'city of the Dead' is mostly referred to as the 'Valley of the kings and Queens.' 

    But this part of the movie is a kind of fiction, because it is said that a city in India was named Hamunaptra. 

    In the movie the city of the dead, could not be seen, only on specific times. There could be some truth to this, because desert sand and its environment is able to fool the eyes, and building in the colors that they did, this could be possible or seem like it. 

    The Valley of the Kings and Queens, was hidden, but since it has always had some tombs opened/found, it has always been known about.


    Did Imhotep Exist?

    Yes Imhotep existed, but we have to go back to the ancient Pyramid builders, before we find him. 


    Imhotep is much older than the other characters used in the movie. 


    He was not an evil priest, actually I would say the very opposite. He was a remarkable personality of ancient Egypt, and his being is swept in a mysterious scarf.

    He was a loyal and dear friend of the Pharaoh (king) Zoser.
    Read more about Imhotep



    Does the Anubis army exist?

    In the Second Mummy movie, where the Scorpion king made a deal with the god Anubis, in exchanged for the king soul, Anubis would grant endless power.
    In the real historical records, there is a hint of something a like.


    While walking in Karnak temple one day, I stumbled upon an interesting relief. A lot of Anubis characters walking in straight line, like in a march, and on the opposite side were a straight line of Horus/Ra gods.


    In ancient Egyptian mythology it was believed, that they could call his power forth, and that all the gods and goddess could aid him, in the same form as Anubis.



    The Treasure Chambers?

    Oh yes the land of ancient Egypt is filled with treasures, still to this day, why do you think some people have 'patent' on it ;)

    In my guide book A magical guide to Luxor temple its revealed where one was found, and where most of the objects from this treasure can be found.


    Most of the movies are fiction in some sense, yet it is well mixed with real people from ancient Egypt, but they are not portrayed in the correct manner.

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    24 comments :

    1. Hi .
      Very nice the way you deal with the movie.
      Actually there is a king scorpion in anciant Egypt.
      Have a great day!
      Will.

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    2. Dear Will,

      Dear Will

      Off course I know that there was a scorpion king. There was also a real girl/woman named Anck-su-namun (just spelled differently), and Nefertiti, as I partly stated in the blog – But how the characters were used, is fare from the truth. Just the existence of Imhotep and Nefertiti in the same time line, is very wrong.
      The scorpion king portrayed in the movie can have little to do with the real Pharaoh named Scorpion, because of the lack of real history-facts around this ancient Pharaoh – but it will come.
      Sincerely,
      Karima

      -Happy New Year!

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    3. Hi! I never seen that movie yet. But anyway you have a nice blog. I followed you, can you follow mine too? More success in 2010. God bless

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    4. COOl liked reading your blog :)

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    6. Dear Sam,

      You should check it out, it is good!
      Sincerely,
      Karima

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    7. Dear Zingtrail,

      Thank you very much! I truly appreciate your thoughts,
      Sincerely,
      Karima

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    8. Dear ‘how much you know’ – RichaRie

      I will indeed do that! The world has too much of everything (food) already, now we just need people to ‘share’ and not only ‘take’ – we (the people) should demand, that hunger be exterminated, since we have so much food, but much of it is just going to waste. I am ashamed of the world leaders, and have been it for so long now. Just an idea they keep missing out on is the fact about the food storage in the EU, where they rarely look or go to, because the food keep rooting, and then they through it out… - that’s business for ya’
      There are so much we as a collective could do, and yet no one does it…. This tragic of water and hunger, and no one doing anything (only 1-4% of people are really involved with these situations) – it always makes me speechless and very angry.
      Sincerely,
      Karima

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    9. I like this movie too, especially the 2nd movie. Very entertaining

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    10. Nice Blog!

      Greetings from Greece!

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    11. Dear Tripzibit,

      Indeed it was very entertaining.
      Sincerely,
      Karima

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    12. Ahha you are quite serious about this. Well all of the character were dead but they were not legend. Probably just normal people like us. Just the education a big different back then...

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    13. Dear asmaliana,

      Yes I am very serious regarding ancient Egypt and its history. But this blog post was only to show some fact vs. fiction.
      you are right in that they are dead, now. But you are absolutly wrong in stating that some of them wasen't a legend - especially considering Imhotep, who was so loved even by the ancient Greeks, that they all raised him to the Gods position - but som of the characters are indeed legendary. And I would never call them normal people like us.. (we are in today's world not that normal... - filled with imbalances).. I would personally say, that we have no real education in today's world..
      Sincerely,
      Karima

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    14. Dear IonnKorr,
      Thank you so much, and a big Greetings from Denmark. I am sorry to hear what is happening in Greece these days :(

      Sincerely,
      Karima

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    15. The movie is just a fantasy, as far as I know mummies have never become animated and come back to life (and just as well). An enjoyable adventure and lucklily I don't know enough about egyptology to be irritated by the lack of realism and the glaring inaccuracies.

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    16. hi Hazel,

      Who said anything about being irritated?! Like I state upon the image in this post it is one of my favorite movies of all time! Some people have asked me about this, so I thought it would be a good post, for ‘those people’ who wanted to know about the fact and fiction behind the movie! And you right mummies have not stood up and walked around among us, but the ancient Egyptians believed that it could be possible for the right priest to raise them (the most knowledgeable priest).

      KL.

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    17. Hello. I had never seen that movie yet. But over all your blog is nice. I had followed you.

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    18. Dear Tony Londra,

      you should check them out one day, it is two movie (I and II). I really like it! Thank you for following me and I hope you enjoy the read :)
      Have a wonderful day,

      Sincerely,
      Karima

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    19. There are to many Gods, mummies, lords and stuff like that. Are you saying that imoteph existed? Did he really existed? There are so many religions and so many versions of those stories.. that makes me sick everytime i think about them.

      Overall, the movie was good, all of the parts :-)

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    20. Dear aeropuerto stansted londres

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      You are right, there are many of everything, pretty much like in today's world. Yes I am saying that Imhotep really did exist (Let me correct this; No I do not say, it is Proven on temple walls and sculptures that he did exist). The Greek went so fare as to raise his to the level of a God.

      It makes you sick.....wauw... I've never heard that before.

      Well I hope you have a nice evening or day.
      Sincerely,
      Karima

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    21. I absolutely love anything to do with ancient Egypt and the Mummy has got to be one of the best movies portraying it. The informatin you have put up here is really interesting and if you cold recommend any books on the characters from the movie that would be great ive already looked into King Tut a little.

      Enjoy your day!

      Fay

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    22. Fay - I am also interested in fiction books set in Egypt. Although these are not specifically about the subjects in "the Mummy," they look good. Check out books by Elizabeth Peters (set in Egypt), and also a trilogy by Paul Boherty.

      I am not sure what the person meant (other blog comments) about the stuff making them sick, I hope he/she meant "dizzy." :-) Thousands of years of history can be....overwhelming.

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    23. Fay,

      A website with some good books.....

      http://www.kenseamedia.com/amelia/mysteries.htm

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    24. Most of the movie was Hollywood, there was an Imhotep and he was the Pharaoh's high sem and an architect during the reign of Djoser in the 3rd dynasty. Ankhesenamun was actually the sister wife of King Tut during the 18th dynasty, so there was no way Imhotep and her could be lovers. And Seti the first was Rameses father during the 19th dynasty. Scarabs are not flesh eaters, they are in fact dung beetles. The book of the dead is not a real book, they are lists of spells written on papyri scrolls to ensure the deceased would make it to the Duat. The Egyptians had four canopic vases, not five and they would not remove the heart because they believed the Ib controlled the body's movements, even though we know it is the brain. So, the movie is a little in accurate. But it is a good movie!

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