Tutankhamun: A King Who Cast a Spell Over the Entire World

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Well, I’m guessing you’re one of those students who used to take a quick power nap throughout history class? Don’t tell anyone, but I also fall into your category.

If you fit into this category, you most likely missed out on this legend’s tale!

Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you; instead, I’m going to take you on a journey of discovery about a legendary king who, after his death, cast a spell all over the world.

King Tutankhamun’s name is as famous as historical titans like Julies Caesar, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great.

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But thanks to the meticulous historical research and advances in DNA analysis, researchers have found that the actual person behind the name isn’t as well-known as was once believed.

But the question is who was the young man we would come to call King Tut?

How did he live?

How did he rule his region?

Most importantly, how did he die!

To find out, today we are about to go into the time machine. Just kidding!

We are going to sneak into his chapters of life and after death… So without any delay let’s jump into this roller coaster ride of history.

TUTANKHAMUN & FAMILY

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Tutankhamun often known as King Tut was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who ruled during the New Kingdom of Egypt towards the ending of the 18th Dynasty.

His father is presumed to be the pharaoh Akhenaten, whose mummy was excavated in tomb KV55. His mother is his father’s sister, and she was identified through DNA testing as “The Younger Lady,” a mysterious mummy discovered in KV35.

Quite complicated! But it’s just getting started…

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Tutankhamun married his half-sister, Ankhesenpaaten, who eventually changed her name to Ankhesenamun when he became king.

They had two daughters, but neither of them lived to adolescence. Even though the two mummified unborn babies only had a partial genetic profile, it was enough to prove Tutankhamun was their father.

REIGN OF THE EMPEROR

At their ascending the throne, specific racist remarks were formed for the pharaohs, who possessed divine authority, for them to be related to the people and gods.

The ancient Egyptian royal protocol is also intended to display and link one’s qualities to the physical environment. The Horus Name was the first of the five names to be formed overages.

Tutankhamun’s original woman (one of the “Great five names”) was Tutankhaten, which lacked a Gold Falcon name because the whole five-name pattern has yet to be discovered.

As early as 1877, Tutankhaten was presumed to symbolize “Living-image-of-Aten,” although not all Egyptologists agree with this interpretation.

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The previous view, thus according to English Egyptologist Battiscombe Gunn, did not fit with Akhenaten’s ideology. Such a name, Gunn argued, would have been blasphemous.

What do you think when he took the throne to his hands? Come on, take a wild guess… Well, this legend is beyond your thinking, I must say… why you asked?…

Tutankhamun was between the ages of only eight and nine when he took the throne and became Pharaoh using the name Nebkheperure as his throne name.

He ruled for around nine years. At this age, we used to argue with moms for candy! And he was ruling Egypt!

Moving on, after their deaths, kings were worshipped by mortuary cults and associated temples.

During Tutankhamun’s lifetime, he was one of the few rulers who was venerated in this way. This will give you a glimpse of the power that one held on!

DEATH OF KING TUTANKHAMUN

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There are numerous ideas as to why King Tutankhamun was killed.

With a severe bone condition in his clubbed left foot, he was tall but physically weak. The more exciting part is, he is the only pharaoh who has been portrayed seated while performing in physical sports such as archery.

The Egyptian royal family’s traditional inbreeding is also thought to be the reason that caused the king’s terrible health followed by early death.

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Let’s hear out historians’ theories related to this…

Some historians believed Tutankhamun was killed because his remains exposed a hole in the back of his head, but current examinations suggest the wound was created during mummification.

In 1995, CT scans indicated that the king had a shattered left leg that was infected, and DNA from his mummy revealed signs of multiple malaria illnesses, all of which may have been the reason for his early death.

MUMMIFICATION OF KING TUTANKHAMUN

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King Tut was mummified after he died, following Egyptian religious custom, which stated that royal bodies should be maintained and provisioned for the afterlife.

What a fascinating theory, isn’t it?

He was placed in a sequence of packed containers—three of golden tombs, a marble monument, and four of gilded wood monuments, the largest of which barely fit inside the tomb’s burial chamber—after his organs were extracted and he was draped in resin-soaked bandages.

Here are some interesting things to know!

Because of the small magnitude of his tomb, historians believe King Tutankhamun’s death was unexpected and his burial hurried by Ay, his successor as pharaoh.

More than 5,000 antiquities, including furniture, chariots, clothing, swords, and 130 of the lame king’s walking sticks, were jammed into the tomb’s hidden way.

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The entrance passage appears to have been robbed shortly after the burial, while the interior rooms remained locked.

Despite Tut’s efforts to restore Amun, the pharaohs who followed him decided to overlook his reign. Because of his father’s religious turmoil, he was tarnished.

The tomb’s entrance had been choked with stone rubble, built over by workmen’s huts, and forgotten within a few centuries.

Howard Carter, a British archaeologist, had been excavating Egyptian antiquities for three decades when he uncovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.

Archaeologists thought all the royal burials in the Valley of the Kings, across the river from ancient Thebes, had already been cleared at the time of the discovery.

The news of the new tomb, which was the most intact ever discovered, swiftly went around the world. Carter and his colleagues spent a decade categorizing and emptying the tomb.

The Infamous Curse of King Tutankhamun’s

Well, the discovery of this kings’ legend brought doom to the world… not in a scary way but in a rumored way…

The discovery triggered an international media frenzy, with rumors circulating about a curse on anyone daring to enter a pharaoh’s tomb.

The best-selling novelist Marie Corelli’s predictions that “the most severe punishment awaits any rash intruder into a sealed tomb” were published in the London Times and New York World magazines.

Lord Carnarvon died in Cairo at the age of 56, and the city’s lights went out, setting off a frenzy of speculation. Carnarvon’s death could have been caused by an “evil elemental” ghost conjured by priests to protect the mummy, according to Arthur Conan Doyle.

Are you ready for the big reveal!

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NO curse had been uncovered in the tomb. Yes, you heard me right!

The deaths of various members of Carter’s crew and real or imagined visitors to the site throughout the years kept the myth alive, especially in cases of death by violence or in unusual circumstances.

Prince Ali Kamel Fahmy Bey of Egypt, who was assassinated in Cairo in 1923 by his wife; Sir Archibald Douglas Reid, who allegedly X-rayed the mummy and died mysteriously in 1924; Sir Lee Stack, the governor-general of Sudan, who was assassinated in Cairo in 1924; Arthur Mace of Carter’s excavation team, who died of arsenic poisoning in 1928; Carter’s secretary Richa, etc.

The majority of those who worked in or visited the tomb experienced long lives, yet this didn’t seem to stop those who desired to believe in the curse.

THE PRESENT HOME OF KING TUTANKHAMUN

Several blockbuster museum displays showcasing pieces from King Tut’s tomb have toured the world, including the international “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibitions from 1972 to 1979.

The display of the golden burial mask and 50 other priceless treasures from the tomb drew eight million people from seven different cities across the United States.

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The most valuable antiquities, such as the burial mask, are no longer exported from Egypt. Tutankhamun’s mummy is still on exhibit at the Valley of the Kings’ KV62 tomb, where his layered coffins have been replaced by a climate-controlled glass case.

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has his golden mask on display, but the Tutankhamun collection will eventually be moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum.

FINAL WORDS

Well, Well, Well… If you are reading this so far, I am assuming you completed this unfinished lesson from history class… Did you?

Let’s take a quick test… What was the name of King Tutankhamun’s wife? Let me know in the comment section below… also don’t forget to let me know how did you like this session of knowledge…

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