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Subject: What the heck -- let's stick our necks out and say....
Author: Daividh   (guest)
Date: June 16, 2005 at 10:12:17 AM
Reply to: Meaning of Tana? by Jen
that "Tana" is a Pharaonic Egyptian word that means "reviver of the dead."

In the "Mummy" flicks of the '30's and 40's, Boris Karloff and later Lon Chaney, Jr. (plus one more actor, I think) played the title roles in succeeding films. All were revived, then sustained by a brew made of tana leaves, sort of an Egyptian "Red Bull" that gave them the energy to carry on all sorts of mayhem while moving stiff-legged in apparent slow motion. (How they ever managed to catch up to a victim is beyond reason, but it was enough to scare the bejaysus out of this 10-year-old watching late-night TV in the late '50's...)

- Da.

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