There you go, Hollywood screenwriters. I just penned the title of a fantastic movie for you. You’re welcome.
Mummies with golden tongue coverings in their mouths were recently discovered at the Oxyrhynchus archaeological site in El Bahnasa, Egypt. The golden tongues were to allow the deceased to speak to Osiris, the Egyptian lord of the underworld. Hey, you’ve heard the old expression “silver-tongued devil” usually referring to a smooth-talker. In this case, the tongues are golden, but the idea is the same, as the deceased would be attempting to convince Osiris that they had been good enough in life for their astral selves not to be fed to the Devourer. Think of it as the afterlife equivalent of the Sarlacc pit.
Now let’s talk about that photograph accompanying this article, shall we? How much creepier than your usual mummy is this one? That face! Puts me in mind of the famous “walking flowerpot” zombie from Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE, doesn’t it you? I can look at mummies all day and they don’t skeeve me, but this one does. And now I’ve got the theme from ZOMBIE running through my head, too. Come on, screenwriters, how can this *not* be a movie in the making?