Mumia

Mumia

 

(mountain balsam), a resin-like product of biological origin that flows out of fissures in cliffs and mountains. It is found in Himalayan countries (for example, Nepal) and in the mountains of Arabia, Iran, the People’s Republic of Mongolia, the Union of Burma, the USSR, and other countries. Pieces of mumia are irregularly shaped and have unevenly honeycombed or smooth surfaces, a hard or resilient consistency, and a characteristic balsam odor. Four varieties of mumia have been identified: golden (red in color), silver (white), copper (light or dark blue), and iron (blackish brown). Iron mumia is the most widely found type. Different specimens of Soviet (Caucasian, Middle Asian, Siberian) and foreign mumia have almost identical physical properties and chemical composition; they differ only in the proportions of their components. The composition of mumia includes a large number of organic and inorganic substances, hippuric and benzoic acids, amino acids, resins and waxes, gums, and vegetable residues. It has been used in folk medicine for more than 2,000 years to accelerate regeneration of bone tissue and to treat bronchial asthma, tuberculosis, chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, urolithiasis, skin diseases, and wounds.

References in periodicals archive ?
Sometimes it seems to some--even very well-meaning people (I leave aside those who raise such questions cynically)--as if the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal is overblown.
Sponsored by Track 16 Gallery, "Capital Art" is dedicated to death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.
The Unity 2000 protesters were pushing sundry issues: Free Philadelphia's own Mumia Abu-Jamal, kill the death penalty, tax the rich, end police brutality, close the School of the Americas, dump the Star Wars missile defense program, etc.
locals--did demonstrate, it was usually in parallel to the poetry slams, Mumia rallies, antiwater-floridation teach-ins, and other sideshows that constituted the bulk of the "protests.
leaders of social and political change: death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, Philadelphia MOVE member Ramona Africa, Global Exchange's Julliette Beck, the American Indian Movement's Vernon Bellecourt, environmental and social justice advocate Julia Butterfly Hill, and political theorist Noam Chomsky.
From airing protests of the Korean War during the McCarthy era to broadcasting Mumia Abu Jamal's commentaries from prison (which NPR had originally commissioned and then cancelled because of political pressure), Pacifica has remained noncommercial and listener-supported.
For Mumia Abu-Jamal, these must've been gruelingly sleepless nights.
Thanks for the most evenhanded report on the Mumia Abu-Jamal case in recent memory ("Innocence by Association," March/April).
As the victim of a judicial and repressive nightmare (including censorship and reprisals against his efforts at public communication), Mumia Abu-Jamal deserves whatever support we can give him.
After that, he will go back to work on his feature-length American documentary, In Prison My Whole Life, about a man called Mumia Abu-Jamal, a black inmate who has been on Death Row in Pennsylvania for 25 years.
In this swift, candid account of the spiritual evolution of African people throughout the Diaspora, Mumia Abu-Jamal takes the reader on a journey from Africa, where captivity and conversion alienated people from indigenous belief systems, to the shores of Haiti, Cuba and Brazil, where African cosmology survived, to the soil of North America, where Christianity was used to oppress, liberate, inform and shape the identity of black people.
The international movement around political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is a perfect example in terms of its ability to highlight the various manifestations of white supremacy.