On this day in History, guess what happened? Tut Ankh Amon was discovered!!!
This huge discovery happened in the year of 1922. The reason this was such a big thing is one…the findings were astronomical and, well, the curse.
Without the doom and gloom of a nasty curse, let me just say, good comes from something bad. Why do I say this?
Some would say that before this discovery, not many people were all that concerned or interested in Ancient Egypt. You didn’t have tons of people knowing the in’s and out’s of Isis nor did anyone really care about the Book of the Dead , or the customs of an Ancient Culture long dead.
In fact, what was done to Mummies before and even after this time and the sacred various tombs of this civilization would bring a tear to your eye.
Did you know that during the 20’s and 30’s thousands and thousands of mummies were used to feed the fires of trains as fuel?
This little tidbit is highly debatable as many Documentaries have made this claim but many others, especially on the net, argue it. However, the Documentary I seen showed the trains and the thousands of Mummies piled on it. But you should go find footage and see for yourself.
I also found this…
- Ground up mummies were used as fertilizer, and chopped wooden mummy cases served as firewood.
- In the late 1800’s, paper manufacturers used mummy wrappings for wrapping paper.
- Mummies have been used instead of thatch to repair roofs on houses, and used as a cheap source of fuel in trains.
- In some areas, people would pay great amounts of money to see a mummy being unwrapped. SOURCE
So, while respect for the Dead and the history of Egypt wasn’t a popular trend at one point, the discovery of King Tut’s tomb might have helped change things and if it were not for the wealth of that discovery or the “curse”, , perhaps people would have continued to be ignorant of a civilization long lost. While the riches unveiled in this discovery caught the attention of media and viewers worldwide, it also helped other explorers to find the funding needed for future expeditions.
In all actuality, Tut’s tomb was rather small compared to the rest. This is probably because he died so soon in life. Usually a tomb took the lifetime of a Pharaoh to build, and since Tut was a boy, well the time was just not on his side.
But Tut’s tomb, small or not, stood out because it was the first ever tomb discovered that was completely in tact. Usually Tombs are poached and picked apart by grave robbers, even horrendously destroyed, but not Tut…and perhaps the Curse might tell us why.
With the discovery Howard Carter made in 1922, came the first horror of interest story, which happened to be instigated by newspapers and reporters from all over the world. Suddenly, the ‘Curse’ was born and this very so-called nightmare would encourage Fiction for years and years to come. Here is one such movie made not long ago….
And of course, what was written on the entrance of the tomb (as said during that time) helped to kick the whole thing off:
“Death’s wings will touch who ever touches the pharaoh.”
Note: I have never been to Egypt so can’t support an ongoing argument by two sides. One side claiming the inscription is there and others who claim that it isn’t.
So, is there any truth to the Curse?
On the day and within the hour that King Tut was discovered, the Earl of Caernarvon, who funded the Expedition, actually died.
Scientifically, people will later argue that the curse is a lie and that all the deaths were a coincidence, while others, even to this day, swear it is true.
All I can tell you is, 18 living people became 18 dead ones AFTER the tomb was found. All persons, with the exception of Earl Caernarvon, died in one form or another AFTER entering the tomb. Even Carter, who led this adventure, died a year after.
Caernarvon died after traveling to Egypt, where he was bitten by a mosquito. Lying in the hospital, Carter finally made the big discovery that the Earl had longed for, and within that hour Caernarvon closed his eyes for the very last time on this earth.
Two more incidents happened in Egypt when the tomb was discovered. All the lights in Cairo went out quite suddenly and Caernarvon’s dog began to howl madly—no one could stop him. In fact, the dog kept wailing until it too met its end.
Coincidence? You decide.
Truth or not, the tally was adding up and the Egyptian workers were already spooked from the get go. The dog and lights didn’t help but as they pushed on, even more occurrences fueled their fear. For instance, the canary that Carter placed in the tomb was eaten by a cobra.
Remember, the Cobra is a royal symbol of the Pharaohs. In fact, it is the symbol located at their heads on their kingly crowns. It is in their paintings, on statues, and inspires their funeral masks.
Was there a more realistic cause to all these Deaths?
Medically and scientifically, there is a possible reason for all of it, aside from the dog and canary, that is. The dog could be explained as the bonds and link between man and best friend. The Canary could have been some freak accident.
However, as far as all the rest, it’s believed that there was a fungus or bacteria on the Mummies themselves, in the tomb, and when this sealed sanctuary of 3000 years was popped open, those that hopped on in, breathed in and became sick with it.
Another interesting fact, no bats were ever found living in the tomb even after it was opened—dead or alive. Could this be even more evidence that something was wrong with it, bacteria wise? Because we all know animals have a special two cents concerning these things. And then again, maybe they were just smart and knew to muck with the place—fearing the wrath of the dead? Hmmm
Some say whether that’s a Scientific Fact, Theory, or not, it was still the defense of the spirits protecting that tomb and that the discoverers of that day and time should have respected and listened.
The tomb, the king, should not have been touched.
Regardless, Carter and many of his members died from lung and Respiratory problems after their famous discovery. This seemed to be enough to prove that there WAS something wrong with King Tut’s tomb whether Science could explain it or the fact that the warnings of the Dead were nothing to muck around with.
And the moral of the story, or the silver lining as mentioned above, if it had not been for this Discovery or the publicity and internet and lore surrounding it, who knows if there would have been an interest for all thing Ancient Egypt or if anything, respect for it’s customs and dead. We went from a world of ignorance concerning Ancient Egypts’ myths, customs and lore to one that values every find, every archeological discovery, every little piece discovered beneath her golden sands.
I for one think that, that’s a beautiful thing even if it had to come from so much death and mayhem.
Thank you, King Tut. Thank you.