I often find myself thinking about mythical creatures and asking questions about them. One of my favorites is the question of what qualifications Charon, the ferryman on the River Styx, needed to get his job.
The other day I started thinking about zombies and mummies and wondering what the difference is.
If a mummy rises and starts to walk due to an infestation of the living dead is it considered a mummy or a zombie?
Are zombies just mummies without the bandages? Conversely, are mummies really zombies with a better tailor?
Could a mummy rise with the zombies if it's brain has already been yanked out through it's nose? Or are they less vulnerable because their brain is sealed in a jar in a tomb or museum somewhere? I mean, zombies can be handled by a simple shotgun to the head. If the brain is in a tomb would you need to find out who the mummy is, where his tomb is, get to Egypt, and smash the jar?
Is the difference between a mummy and a zombie just the goals it has - eating brains vs. fulfilling an ancient curse?
Great, now I'm starting to wonder if vampires - proper ones, none of this glitter crap - are a variant on the zombie condition.