Was there a curse on King Tut's
When the tomb was first discovered,
there were reports of a message written in ancient hieroglyphics on
the outside of the tomb. Translated, the message said, "Death
Shall Come on Swift Wings to Him Who Disturbs the Peace of the
King." This gave rise to great speculation in the newspapers and
magazines of the time that there was a curse on King Tut's tomb.
A few months after the tomb was open, a
British Lord began ill from a mosquito bite. He was there when they
opened the tomb. A few months later, he died. Rumor said a mark
similar to the mosquito bit was found in the exact same position on
King Tut's cheek. You can imagine the media frenzy!
The ancient Egyptians believed that if
their mummy was stolen or destroyed, their spirit would not be able to
return to their mummified body at night, and they would disappear
forever, no longer able to dwell in their Afterlife. Adding a curse or
two to scare robbers into leaving their mummy alone was probably a
Howard Carter, the man who discovered
King Tut's tomb, lived to be 65. He died of natural causes. He never
believed in a curse.
But how to explain the deaths? Illness
and death have been linked to the opening of ancient tombs.
Archaeologists have discovered that there are poisonous plant molds in
the tombs in many ancient tombs.
Today, archaeologists wear masks when
exploring tombs, to protect themselves from these dangerous plant
Just the same, Hollywood continues to
have a great deal of fun with "the mummy's curse!"
Carter & the Curse of the Mummy
Tut and the Mummy's Curse