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Tutankhamun's Curse: Fact or Fiction?


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Tutankhamun, also known as "King Tut", was a pharaoh from the Eighteenth Dynasty of ancient Egypt. He ruled from 1341 BC to 1323 BC, making him 18 or 19 years of age at the time of his death. While he passed young, the discovery of his tomb in 1922 was significant for archaeologists and world history alike. Many tombstones and ancient Egyptian grave sites had been looted by robbers, while King Tut's tomb was largely intact upon its discovery by Howard Carter, a British archaeologist and Egyptologist, and his team. The artifacts and hieroglyphs found provided great insights into the culture and the way they honored the dead, at least those who were part of the royal court.


But the discovery wasn't all sunshines and rainbows for the people directly (and indirectly) involved. While Howard Carter seemed to ridicule the rumors of there being a "curse" associated with King Tut's tomb, many people involved in the excavation died mysterious, cruel, or sudden deaths. George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, was the man who financed the excavation of King Tut's tomb. In March of 1923, he suffered from a critical mosquito bite that became infected after shaving over it and cutting himself. He died less than a month later. George Jay Gould, a financier, visited the tomb in 1923. He became ill immediately afterward and died of pneumonia a few months later. American Egyptologist Aaron Ember was friends with many of the people who visited King Tut's tomb, and those directly involved with the excavation. He passed away due to a house fire in 1926. He died trying to save a manuscript he had been working on: The Egyptian Book of the Dead.


While the "mummy's curse" became an alleged phenomenon at the time, Egyptian archaeologists have discussed the validity of the theory. Earlier today (at the time of typing this), I finished watching "Unknown: The Lost Pyramid" on Netflix. In the documentary, one of the head archaeologists explains how the last person who would leave the pharaoh's tomb and the pyramid would be a priest. The priest would use spells and magick to protect the tomb from ever being found, damaged, or looted. Many tomb sites also listed incantations in hieroglyphs that explicitly imply cursing whoever opens, damages, or "disturbs" the tomb site. More information on this can be found here under "Purpose".


Some people believe the "curse" to be real only scientifically. Many tombs (not only those found in ancient Egypt) contain the fungus/mold Aspergillus flavus, which comes from dead people, plants, and animals. It can attack the respiratory system and might require medical care for those who come into contact with it. This fungus was found in King Tut's tomb.


As for me personally, I believe both opinions are true. I believe many things in life have a dual scientific-metaphysical link and explanation.


Let me know your thoughts!


Much love,


Brittney xx

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