Revenge of the Mummy Guard on Stilts
Love, Hate, Life is depicted when visiting the Universal Studios Hollywood, or the Universal Studios Orlando, as you will no doubt find yourself outside the “Revenge of the Mummy” attraction. At different time intervals, a Mummy Guard on Stilts will appear. These Universal Studios Characters will look supernatural, towering over all the guests with their scary-looking appearances. If you get very close, they may jump out at you with frightening body movements. You or others might react with a jump and a flinch, or even let out a scream.
At Universal Studios Hollywood, the Mummy Guard on Stilts received their start when on January 25, 2004 there were 1,300 guests who turned out to watch actor Brendan Fraser “blew up” a wall with pyro effects that was in front of the entrance to the Mummy ride. Many stilt-walking pharaohs were there at the opening. To reach the Mummy ride in Universal Studios Hollywood, you have to travel down either a series of escalators, or you walk down over 100 steps to reach the lower lot location. This is where I love the entertainment and hate the walking up and down the stairs. However this exercise gives me a healthier life and a greater life span (so that I can continue to love/hate my life longer!).
The Mummy Guard on Stilts have been periodically appearing every day.
When they are not in their “rebel mood,” they can motion you to step forward for a photo opportunity. At this point, be prepared to be possibly tormented by a tug on your long hair, thieving of your hat, or grabbing anything else that you might be carrying around that looks interesting to the Mummy Guard, (after all, they are gods who just appeared from the underworld, so they have a child-like curiosity). Also keep in mind that Mummy Guards do not speak, but will only use their hands and arms for communications. All of this will add to your enjoyment and entertainment of the park, as each interaction of a Mummy Guard with a guest can be a unique and humorous experience!
You will see a similarity in the Mummy Guard on Stilts to the two Statues guarding the entrance to the “Revenge of the Mummy” ride. What you will see is the resemblance of Anubis, who was an ancient Egyptian god of the underworld. The female Mummy Guard on Stilts is Nefertiti.
Nefertiti ruled alongside Akhenaten during the eighteenth dynasty (1550-1292 BC). Nefertiti means, “The beautiful one has arrived.” Nefertiti lived in Tell El Amarna, a city constructed by the pharaoh to worship their god Aten. There, they safeguarded their family and their beliefs—it became the center of Egypt’s new religion. It’s believed that Nefertiti was probably a distant relative to Akhenaten and a favorite queen to the pharaoh. Nothing is known about the queen’s childhood and no evidence has yielded who her parents are. Some believe her father could be Aye due to inscriptions found inside his tomb proclaiming him the father of her sister Mutnodjmet.
During her reign as queen, Egypt went about many radical religious changes. Hundreds of years of culture and worship had been exchanged for a new radical concept— Monotheism. The old gods had been disregarded, temples shut down, and priests forced to change their ways. Many historians believe this transition could have been hostile and was not adopted so easily by the citizens or priests.
It has been written that Anubis guided and protected the spirits of the dead. Anubis was associated with the Eye of Horus, and he was thought to be the guide of the dead in the afterlife. He was generally depicted as a black jackal-headed man, or as a black jackal. Black was also the color of fertility, and thus linked to death and rebirth in the afterlife. To the Egyptians, Anubis was the protector of embalming and the guardian of both the mummy and of necropolis.
Once the Osiris worship came to power, Osiris took over many of Anubis’ jobs as a caretaker and protector of the dead. This then made Anubis the “He Who is Before the Divine Booth”, the god of embalming and presided over the funerary rituals. The funerary priests would wear a mask of the jackal god during the mummification process, symbolically becoming the god for the rituals.
Today in Egypt, you can see images of Anubis as a seated jackal above nine prisoners who were stamped on many of the seals to the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Anubis was the god that would keep watch over the tombs and graves, from a high vantage point in the desert, ready to rush down to protect the deceased from desecration. The Egyptians believed Anubis would provide protection against thieves and evil doers who entered the necropolis. He provided protection of the souls of the dead and their eternal resting place.
So now you have a choice to either tour Egypt and the Valley of the Kings, or tour Egypt at Universal Studios and meet the Anubis Mummy Guard and/or the Nefertiti Mummy Guard. Of course, if you have the time and the money why not do both? The Mummy Guard on stilts awaits you!
by Chris, firstname.lastname@example.org