Egypt: Government Plans Goofy Mummy Parade to Bring Back Tourists

I’m sure the communist band Rage Against the Machine is old and jaded enough to sell out their legacy to corporate sponsors, like when Bob Seger sold “Like a Rock” to advertise Chevy pick-up trucks.

Egypt should pay them to do a new version of “Bulls on Parade” about a mummy parade.

Sputnik News:

Egypt will be throwing a parade like none other this upcoming weekend, as the guests of honor will include a procession of 22 kings and queens who have been mummified for over 3,000 years.

Dubbed the Pharaohs’ Golden Parade, the Saturday event will commence from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square and travel along the River Nile to Al-Fustat, in old Cairo. It’s expected that the mummies will be delivered to what will possibly be their final resting place in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

Aside from the mummies, the display hall located inside the museum will include X-rays and various scans of the mummies, as well as some of their belongings.

Sayed Abu-El Fadal, a spokesperson for the NMEC, explained to CBS News that “the new showroom is more like a one-way circle maze. All the walls are black, with spotlights on the mummies.” He added that the display will be “designed like the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.”

One of Egypt’s primary sources of income is its tourism industry, and with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector suffered greatly. Officials anticipate the parade will help to revitalize interest in Egypt as a destination in the global traveling enterprise.

The parade will be livestreamed by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and will include the unveiling of an obelisk and the unboxing of four sphinxes. The procession will begin at sunset and offer a grandiose festive, allowing each royal their own decorated vehicle complete with music, lights, costumes and horses.

Our issue is getting some play:

Some controversy circles this parade due to the ongoing debate over whether mummies should be left buried or reburied after research efforts are concluded, rather than put on display.

Digging graves is also forbidden in Islam. Dr. Ahmad Karima, a professor of Islamic law at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, argues, “These are our accentors, we shouldn’t have them displayed for some dollars and euros.” He reiterated that mummies should only be exhumed for science purposes and quickly reburied.

Putting up anyone’s corpse on display – always a bad idea.

Not likely to bring anyone good karma.

Remember the “fetuses” (dead babies) on display at the science museum as a kid?

That must have creeped out all the kids.

“Dead baby in a jar” was a circus sideshow thing before the science museums picked it up in the 1990s.

They were called “Pickled Punks.”

Egypt is only going to be cursed for this mummy stuff. Just like the movie “The Mummy” by Alex Kurtzman was cursed.

Tourism isn’t coming back to these third world countries who built their economies around tourism.

First worlders aren’t even allowed to leave their countries, and if they are allowed, none of them will have any money to travel.

World travel as a concept is finished.