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The Book of the Dead, also known as the "Black Book", was an ancient Egyptian book that can bring dead people back to life and a prominent object featured in both The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

The Book of the Dead contained ancient spells and incantations that can resurrect the dead and summon the Warriors of the Book (Ghost Warriors).

In the late 3000's BC King Ramusan protected the Black Book of the Dead in the treasure chamber at his palace to keep it safe from anyone. Years later, Imhotep took the Book of the Dead from it's holy resting place so that he can perform a ritual so that he can bring his love interest Anck-Su-Namun back from the dead but was caught and was arrested by the Medjai who followed him and his priest minions and then Anck-Su-Namun's soul was sent back to the dark underworld. And the Black Book was sealed away inside a cursed canopic chest in a compartment underneath the statue of Anubis along with the five sacred canopic jars that contains Anck-Su-Namun's organs.

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  • The real-life Book of the Dead is not a single artifact, but a funerary text which had countless copies in tombs across Egypt. The text was originally titled the "Book of Coming Forth By Day" or "Book of Emerging Forth into Light" and contained narratives and spells that the deceased would need to successfully navigate the underworld and pass the judgement of Osiris. Since codices (bound books with individual sheets of paper for pages) had not yet been invented, the Black Book of the Dead was written on papyrus scrolls or carved or painted onto the walls of tombs.
  • A book made of obsidian is practically impossible in real life, as obsidian is extremely sharp but very fragile, especially in thin pieces. Of course, magic could have been used to shore up the book, in-universe.
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