The curse of King Tut is reported as "Death comes on wings to he who enters the tomb of a pharaoh". This derives from a section of chapter 151 of the Book of the Dead. Four 'magic' bricks were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun and each brick was inscribed with a spell from chapter 151 of the Book of the Dead.
Tomb Curses - The Curse of Pharaoh Khety
The tomb curse of Pharaoh Meryibre Khety of the First Intermediate Period 2181 BC - 2040 BC is as follows:
"He shall be cooked together with the condemned"
Tomb Curses - The Curse of Pharaoh Thutmose I
The tomb curse of Pharaoh Thutmose I (1504 BC -1492 BC) who ruled Egypt during the Eighteenth dynasty of the New Kingdom
"He shall have no heir"
Tomb Curses - The Curse of High Priest Hermeru
Hermeru was a high priest of the Pharaoh Unis (2375BC - 2345 BC) of the Fifth Egyptian Dynasty of the Old Kingdom. The following curse was carved into the hieroglyphics of the tomb of Hermeru:
"As for anybody who shall enter this tomb in his impurity: I shall wring his neck as a bird"
Tomb Curses - The Curse of High Priest Penniut
Penniut was a high priest of the Pharaoh Ramses II (1279 BC – 1213 BC) of the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty of the New Kingdom. The following curse was carved into the hieroglyphics of the tomb of the high priest Penniut:
"He shall be miserable and persecuted"
Tomb Curses - The Curses of High Priest Herihor
Herihor was a high priest of the Pharaoh Pharaoh Ramses XI (1102 BC – 1069 BC) of the Twentieth Egyptian Dynasty of the New Kingdom. The following curses was carved on statues of the high priest:
"His name shall not exist in the land of Egypt"
"He shall die from hunger and thirst"
Ancient Egyptian Booby Traps
There were some Ancient Egyptian curses. These were written on tomb walls in hieroglyphics or spoken by priests as part of a death ritual. The tomb curses related to the punishments in the afterlife which would be enacted by the gods and the ghosts of the occupants of the tombs. The tomb curses were designed to frighten anyone disturbing the tomb, particularly the tomb robbers. But tombs were not just protected by curses.
- Tombs were bolted and sealed
- Tombs contained secret chambers which were difficult to access and hidden from sight
- Entrance passages or shafts leading to the tombs were blocked with huge stone slabs and mounds of rubble
- There were blind passages and trap doors
- Hidden holes and wells
- Wires were rigged which were designed to decapitate the tomb robbers
- Poison was used in the coatings of tombs or in powders which were released into the air when stones were disturbed
Robbing an Ancient Egyptian tomb was dangerous work.
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