Mubbies were the only normal size enemy in the Kirby series that Kirby could not directly inhale, no matter how hard he tried. They can be described as mummified eyeballs in Kirby 64, but in other appearances their vogue appearance allows other possibilities. They appeared in Castle Lololo, the ruins in Sand Canyon similar to Stonehenge, and the ruins of the temple on Rock Star (A sister star of Popstar).
Mubbies are ‘puns’ on Mummies – a well known type of zombies. They are well known in fiction, like the countless action movies out there where a team of explorers venture into an unknown tomb only to open a casket and have a mummy eat their brains - of course, while this only where they got their reputation. In fact, a mummy is a way of preserving the dead by keeping the body from decomposing. While they are commonly thought to be purely from Ancient Egypt, they can also be linked to the Roman Catholic Church and Buddhism.
In ancient Egypt, death was thought to only be temporary, when the soul leaves the body only to return at a later time. Egyptian Royalty often spent half their lives preparing for their death. This is supposed to be why the Pyramids were built, so kings and queens could be buried with all their wealth so that they could return at a later date with their corpses perfectly preserved when they got back. The dead bodies were placed in their tombs/pyramids through a strict set of rules and protocol, that included the last person to leave the burial room to be the performing priest and he must wipe away the room of any footprints. Well known mummified kings and pharaohs were Seti the first and Rameses the second.
However, when Mummification was still being invented, things were not really as glamorous. The earliest known ‘mummified’ individuals were from 3300 BC/BEC. They were buried in the hot and dry desert with stones placed on top of them to prevent the jackals from getting at them. They were not kings or anything. One of these virtually unknown mummies are on display in the British Museum, and it has been given the nickname “Ginger” since he has red hair. Egyptian cults also practiced mummifying sacred animals (like cats) by the thousands.
Mummification is not just central to Egypt, they were also found in Aztec civilizations and the practice of mummification was adopted by the Incas. In Catholicism, Popes who pass away were mummified (though this has not been the case in recent papacies). For Tibetans, mummification was an honour given to recently pass-away individuals who reached the highest level of enlightenment over their lives. The practice of mummification was also seemed to have been practiced in Buddhism and various places in China.