Previously published in Factoidz and Examiner
This new topic can fall into several categories, including Egyptology, mythology, health and mental health because of its widespread implications. This examiner has chosen to review the literature and include this series in the Montreal health examiner column because the issue of mysterious deaths, fact or fiction, surrounded the infamous King Tut’s Curse.
“Death Shall Come on Swift Wings To Him Who Disturbs the Peace of the King…”
This ancient curse that was recorded on King Tut’s tomb is the stuff that movies are made of. In fact we mummy aficionados have seen just about all the Hollywood movies, but is there any truth to this ancient curse or not?
What have we got from history to support or deny this mummy curse?
We know that the ancient Egyptians thought of their Pharaohs as gods, namely Horus (see my article The Great Pyramids of the World for more info). After their death the Ancients prepared the Pharaohs by embalming them through a process called mummification to preserve the bodies and prepare them for the after world. (See my article, The Amazing Mummification Process of Egyptian Mummies and beliefs about the After world) for a more detailed account of this process, after which they were sealed in the pyramids, which were their tombs to make way for their journey to the great beyond.
Safeguards against thieves
These pyramids did not only house the bodies of the pharaohs, it housed their entire household and top officials. They also contained treasures of the royal household as well. These treasures were believed to be essential for the journey to the afterlife. Of course these treasures would be a thief’s delight and worship the pharaoh or not, these treasures proved to be too great a temptation to resist.
The ancient architects carefully sealed the tombs sometimes barricading the doors and passageways with big boulders and heavy granite plugs, and hiding the treasures within false passageways, and hidden chambers, all in the attempt to fool the thieves and preserve the sacred resting place of the Pharaoh’s and their belongings.
To be continued as part of a series
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The Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities