CURSE OF THE PHARAOHS


Ever since Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 there has been an urban legend surrounding it. One with sinister intentions.

A series of sudden deaths and unfortunate events have been attributed to the so called ‘curse’ and many people believe it fiercely to this day.

Lord Carnarvon, who accompanied Howard Carter in the discovery of King Tut’s tomb died just six weeks after. Was he killed by elementals created by Tutankhamun’s priests? Or is there a simpler explanation? In reality, Lord Carnarvon died because of a particularly nasty infected mosquito bite which developed into pneumonia.

Out of the 58 people who were present when King Tut’s sarcophagus 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.

Is Tutankhamun seeking revenge? Or are all these deaths a coincidence? Was the curse simply a way to sell more newspapers during the 1920’s?

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