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Facts about theCurse of Tutankhamun
The following information provides an insight into the facts and fiction surrounding the Curse of Tutankhamun:
The Tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered by Howard Carter 4 November 1922
The excavation was financed by Lord Carnarvon
26 November 1922: Carter makes the famous "tiny breach in the top left hand corner" of the tomb doorway accompanied by Lord Carnarvon and his daughter Lady Evelyn Herbert.
The day the tomb of King Tut was opened a cobra attacked the pet canary which belonged to Carnarvon. This was seen as an omen as a rearing cobra emblem was associated with the protection of the pharaohs
December 1922: The press go into a frenzy about the discovery of the tomb, disturbing the work being conducted at the tomb. Newspapers and the Curse of King Tut
9 January 1923: Lord Carnarvon strikes an exclusive deal with The Times. Other journalists are furious about the deal and forced to find different ways to cover the story
5 April 1923: Carnarvon dies septicaemia after nicking a mosquito bite with his cut-throat razor. When the mummy of Pharaoh Tutankhamun was later unwrapped a wound was found on the cheek of the mummy in the same position as the mosquito bite
At the time of his death all of the lights were reported to have gone out in Cairo for twenty minutes
At the point of his death it was also reported that Carnarvon's pet Fox Terrier dog let out a loud howl and dropped dead at Highclere Castle
An inscription is found on an Anubis shrine found in the tomb of Tutankhamun that stated: "It is I who hinder the sand from choking the secret chamber. I am for the protection of the deceased". Reporters embellish the 'Curse of Tutankhamun' Tomb Curses
The Anubis Shrine and inscription was one of a series of Four Magic Bricks
The four protective "magic bricks" and protective objects related to them (the Shabti, the Torch, Jackal God Anubis and the Djed Pillar had spells, or curses, attached to them
The protective spells relating to the "magic bricks" and the associated objects were contained in Chapter 151 from the Book of the Dead
The spells associated with the above objects were mixed together and reported in the newspapers as the Curse of King Tut
Different interpretations and curses were added
The Curse of King Tut ideas were fuelled by a novelist named Marie Corelli and the eminent author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Newspapers blame the deaths of other people, associated with the opening of the tomb, on the Curse of King Tut.
It was reported that "Several American politicians went so far as to call for an investigation of mummies to determine whether or not these possessed the same medical dangers as those thought to be apparent in the tomb."
Of the 26 people present at the opening of the tomb, only six died within ten years. Theories about the Victims of the Curse of King Tut still continue in modern times
On 2 March 1939 Howard Carter died, of natural causes, at the age of 65
The Curse of Tutankhamun
There was never just one specific Curse of King Tut. But the myths and legends are indeed based on some truth, facts and beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians.
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