Question: Mummy Sightings?
"I was thinking about countries where crypto creatures are said to inhibit," writes Gerald H. "I started with Canada and the Ogopogo, onto the U.S. with the Mothman
and the Jersey Devil
, then continued with Scotland's Loch Ness
and Australia's Yowie. Then I got to Egypt and thought of the mummy. But wait! Have there ever actually been stories of people claiming to see mummies walking around the Nile? I know there were old monster movies from the '40s and '50s of mummies, and stories of archeologists who got sick and died after they went into King Tut's tomb, but have there ever been any mummy sightings reported?"
Interesting question, Gerald. At first, the idea a mummy sightings sound preposterous, but is it any more ridiculous than the many weird things that people have reported, including: fairies, trolls and gnomes
; hooded beings and grim reapers
; and all manner of other weird creatures
of nearly every description? However, after a little bit of research, I haven't been able to find any instances of mummy sightings. I could find no such reports in our years of Your True Tales
nor in reference books that I checked. Considering the crazy things people have reported, and that the mummy has become such an icon in our horror culture, it's surprising that there haven't
been reported sightings. (There probably have been, but I just haven't been able to find an instance. If you know of one, let me know.)
That's not to say that I think "living mummies" are a physical reality to be seen. Those creatures are strictly a creation of Hollywood, as you mention, Gerald. But sometimes these fictional creations have a way of solidifiying in our consciousness, resulting in sightings, whether they are really there or not. But then we have to decide what "really there" even means!