What Arthur Weigall said about the Curse of King Tut
In 1912 Arthur Weigall working as an Egyptologist had in fact found a tomb that people originally thought belonged to King Tut. Arthur Weigall worked for the Daily Mail and was the perfect choice to go to Egypt to report on the discovery of the real Tomb of King Tut. Arthur Weigall then came into almsot immediate opposition with Lord Carnarvon due to the exclusive rights on the story that Lord Carnarvon had granted to the rival, The Times newspaper. Lord Carnarvon had signed a £5,000 contract with the London Times, plus 75 percent of all profits from the sale of Times articles to the rest of the world. Arthur Weigall was furious about this monopoly on the news of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Arthur Weigall and other reporters were forced to find different angles to cover the story in addition to the Times stories that were fed to newspapers. Arthur Weigall said he felt "pity" for the "ordeal" the mummy faced. Arthur Weigall started to play his part in the myths and legends which surrounded the story of the Curse of King Tut.
Arthur Weigall & the Curse of King Tut - The story of the Canary and the Cobra
Lord Carnarvon owned a pet canary and on the day the tomb of King Tut was opened a cobra "grabbed the canary." The cobra was killed and the canary probably died from fright. The Egyptian staff regarded the incident as a warning from the spirit of Tutankhamun against further intrusion on the privacy of the tomb. Arthur Weigall reported the story as did other journalists:
"Already in this land of superstition myths are beginning to grow up….out of [the canary's death] the most fantastic stories are being manufactured…so it has been easy to weave a legend that brought in the little bird, which in some ways symbolized the modern spirit of civilization, and the cobra,
which stood for the powers of old dynasties…"
The nemes was the striped headdress which would have been worn by the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The top of the nemes displayed the uraeus which was a rearing cobra emblem associated with the "eye" of the sun and meant to protect the pharaoh by spitting fire at his enemies. The cobra emblem was associated with the goddess Wadjet who was the patron goddess of Lower Egypt. Her special purpose was to protect the Pharaoh...
It is easy to see how Arthur Weigall, an Egyptologist, was able to fuel the myths and legends which surrounded the story of the Curse of King Tut.
The Curse of King Tut - Short Biography of Arthur Weigall
Short Biography & facts about the life of Arthur Weigall, the famous Egyptologist. The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life Arthur Weigall:
- Nationality of Arthur Weigall: British
- Lifespan: 1880–1934
- Education: Educated at New College, Oxford and then Leipzig to study Egyptology
- Career: Egyptologist, journalist and author
- He first worked in Egypt with Flinders Petrie and was friends with Howard Carter. He was appointed to replace Howard Carter at Luxor protecting antiquities found in the region. He left Egypt and became an author and journalist. He worked for the Daily Mail and was sent back to Egypt to report on the discovery of the Tomb of King Tut. During this time he came into opposition with Lord Carnarvon due to the exclusive rights that Lord Carnarvon had granted to the rival The Times newspaper
- Married: First married Hortense Schleiter and then Beatrice Lillie
- Arthur Weigall was famous as a journalist and for fuelling the legends and myths which surrounding the Curse of King Tut
Arthur Weigall & the Curse of King Tut
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