mummy material

ok i know i reblogged that mummy post yesterday but listen

I was at the movies with my mom, and the new mummy movie trailer plays, and at the end of it my mom siiiiiiighs and says “of all the actors they had to pick”

for the record, my mom is a woman who will readily admit that she genuinely like nicolas cage as an actor

sorry, tom cruise, but even my mom can see you’re a hack, and she thinks nic cage is hot

Sorry this is ridiculously long guys.   My biggest problem with literally everything I do is knowing what to say and what not to say. Much like Special, I am a fucking rambler, I can’t help it, sorry! Okay, I hope you guys like this, and if you disagree with me, that’s fine.  I want to hear everybody’s theories because it might alter my thought process and bring new ideas to the table.  I also wrote this in 4 different settings and had to go back and forth when I thought of something else to write, so it’s probably fairly nonsensical at times.

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michaela-fowl  asked:

I've been loving your posts on the Egyptian Pharaohs, and so long as your willing to answer, I'd love to ask what you know of King Tut? He's certainly one of my favorite Pharaohs, but unfortunately, my textbooks came with limited information.

Well, when it comes to Tut, he devoted himself to basically restoring things to the way they were before the reign of his father, Akhenaten.  He did away with the monotheistic worship of Aten instilled by his father, as well as moved his people out and away from Amarna.

While Tutankhamun (born Tutankhaten) did not have a long rule, it was one that became a benchmark for our views of Egyptian civilization, as his tomb was exceptionally preserved (in fact, it continues to be the most complete, intact tomb ever discovered in Egypt), and the artifacts therein exhibited worldwide.  His is also the tomb that most fueled the notion of a “Curse of the Pharaohs”, due to the many deaths of those having any involvement with either the exploration of his tomb, or the artifacts removed from within (of course, we know now that at least a portion of these deaths may be attributed to mold spores present inside the tomb).

Tut rose to the throne at the young age of nine (at that time using the name of Nebkheperure) and ruled for only nine years before his death.  Due to his youth, not as many political decisions can be attributed solely to Tut, as he would have been assisted by his advisers.  X-rays of his mummy show a fractured leg, and DNA tests showed him to have been suffering from not only malaria, but other possible diseases as well (scientists have given various possibilities, but it isn’t 100% certain which other afflictions he may have had).  Tut also suffered from a club foot, and among the possessions found in his tomb were numerous walking sticks.  It is believed that his many ailments combined eventually took their toll on the young Pharaoh.  Many of his ailments are believed to have stemmed from inbreeding in his family line, particularly his father’s marriage to one of his own sisters (who is sadly still without identification, but known to be one of the mummies found in a tomb resting not far from Tut’s own).  It is also the apparent rushed nature of the preparations for Tutankhamun’s death that sets him apart from many other kings of Egypt (this being the circumstance of the very unexpected death of a very young ruler).  Another “tomb” located alongside the one containing Tut’s mother was shown to be stuffed with numerous materials for mummy preparation–a sort of “storage closet”, if you will.

As for his appearance while alive, Tutankhamun had a misshapen head—possibly a result of brachycephaly.  He also had a prominent overbite (a characteristic that ran throughout his bloodline), and unusually wide hips (much like Akhenaten).

Based on CT scans taken of the boy Pharaoh’s remains, this is our closest representation of how the face of Tutankhamun may have looked while he was alive:

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