There is a tradition dating back to at least 1000 A.D. in which Arabs and later Europeans engaged in the practice of ?eating mummy.? This practice has been written about by a number of authors and it was widespread in modern Egypt and Western Europe. African mummies would be burned, ground up, and made into a kind of powder in order to be eaten. This act of cannibalism to the Arab and European was considered an effective medical practice and folk remedy. Mummies or fragments of mummies were taken from their tombs and sent to Cairo and Alexandria where merchants sent the ground-up parts all over Western Europe. In the European Middle Ages mummy trafficking was widespread. Egyptian mummies were so sought after that the chaplain to Queen Catherine de Medici of France made a special trip to Egypt in 1549 and together with some physicians from Italy, broke into a number of tombs in a quest for mummies to use in various medicines. Catherine?s father-in-law, King Francis I of France, also carried ground-up mummy in a pouch around his waist at all times in case of an emergency. A French surgeon Ambroise Paré stated, ?It causes great pain in their stomachs, gives them evil smelling breath and brings about serious vomiting.? This uncivilized European and Arab tradition lasted until the 19th century! Who knows it could still be going on. It is impossible to calculate the many thousands of African mummies that ended up in the stomachs of Europeans and Arabs. Black people can never Rest in Peace.
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