Mumia, here we go again

The two latest articles on are by science journalist Mark Greener. In truth they form one article, split neatly into two to better suit the web. Mark examines the weird byway of early medicine, the belief that using parts of dead bodies could effect miraculous cures. Even the great Paracelsus fully believed this to be true. ‘Corpse medicine’ took various forms. Ancient Egyptian mummies were considered particularly efficacious, and thousands of them were ground down to a powder called ‘mumia’ which once upon a time would have been present in every apothecary’s shop. Eerier still, there was also a thriving trade in body parts collected from corpses rotting on gibbets and some people would even try to help themselves to bits of flesh belonging to the criminals at public executions. It’s a fascinating subject. Visit and to learn more.


About UncannyUK

I am the editor of Uncanny UK (, a website devoted to British ghosts and folklore. I am the former editor of Paranormal Magazine and the author five books on Welsh folklore. Just launched Apparition Developments, first product of which is Ghost Finder London - an app plotting 300 haunted sites in London for iPhone. I'm a highly experienced journalist and corporate copywriter. I'm an enthusiast on the subjects of UK folklore, the supernatural and antiquities and am fond of old horror and sci-fi movies, cult TV such as Dr Who and I collect Victorian/Edwardian magazines. I also enjoy weird art and macabre literature by the likes of M R James, E F Benson, Algernon Blackwood, W Hope-Hodgson, H P Lovecraft etc. I live in North Wales, which is a very spooky place.
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