CURSE OF THE MUMMY


When Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1922, an urban legend sprang to life. A legend so sinister and dark that many people steer clear of his tomb for fear of being cursed.

Strange incidents and the deaths of many people connected with the tomb have fuelled the legend of the curse for decades. But is there any truth here?

Lord Carnarvon, who accompanied Howard Carter in the discovery and excavation of Tut’s tomb died only six weeks later. Was he killed by the curse? Or is there a more mundane explanation? In reality, Lord Carnarvon died of a particularly nasty mosquito bite which later developed into pneumonia.

Out of around 58 people who were present when Tutankhamun’s tomb was opened, only 8 died within a dozen years.

Other people attributed to the curse are; George Gould, a visitor to the tomb who developed a severe fever and died in 1923. Prince Ali Bey, who was shot dead by his wife in 1923. Colonel Aubrey Herbert, who died in 1923 caused by a botched dental procedure. Sir Archibald Douglas-Reid who x-rayed King Tut’s body died of a mysterious illness in 1923. Sir Lee Stack, was assassinated in 1924 and Howard Carter who died well over a decade later. Still, his death is said to be attributed to the curse.

Was Tutankhamun seeking revenge on the people who disturbed his enteral rest? Or is this all just a series of coincidences?

You decide.

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