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Did Tutankhamun suffer from epilepsy ?

Posted on Friday, 7 September, 2012 | Comment icon 91 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Hutan Ashrafian believes that the young pharoah's family may have all suffered from the condition.

Tutankhamun and several male members of his family exhibited unusual feminine features and died mysterious early deaths with each dying slightly younger than their predecessor. This, coupled with stories that some members of the family had experienced hallucinations and strong religious visions has lead Dr. Ashrafian to the possibility that they had all suffered from a form of hereditary epilepsy. A seizure may also explain how Tutankhamun fractured his leg.

"People with temporal lobe epilepsy who are exposed to sunlight get the same sort of stimulation to the mind and religious zeal," said Ashrafian. Medical historians have found the theory compelling, however with no genetic test available for epilepsy the idea will have to remain speculative for the time being.

"Tutankhamun's mysterious death as a teenager may finally have been explained."

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Comment icon #82 Posted by Harsh86_Patel on 19 October, 2012, 6:55
You asked a question and yourself provided the answer.Greeks could have known India through travellers/greek scholars employed by Persians,we can also not deny that there could have been contact between the two culture even centuries before Aristotle and hence the myths of Heracles (hari coolesh?) and dionysis (Shiva like deity?)travelling to the East,the Seuz canal not being silted could have provided the access route for seafarers from IVC to the Agean and vica versa,there is geological evidence to suggest that the seuz canal was not silted up in the past.
Comment icon #83 Posted by Antilles on 19 October, 2012, 6:59
Akhnaten was not a monotheist if you want to be strict in the use of the term. He did not believe in only one god, he just believed that Ra was superior to all others and he'd really prefer it if you forgot about them. Tut was a pawn I think and very much in the hands of the priests of Amun. He was not a monotheist either. As to his death, I think the broken leg and infection would be the likely cause.
Comment icon #84 Posted by Harsh86_Patel on 19 October, 2012, 7:52
Monotheism was born in India where a superlative consciousness called brhman is considered God,the pantheon and various other Gods in Hinduism are manifestations of 'Brhman'(not to be confused with Brahmin),the rest of the so called monotheistic religions only choose one amongst the pantheon as the supreme. Yahweh,Allah (moon god/hubal) had contempories and were elevated by respective populations as Supreme so these religions are not in the strictest sense monotheistic but rather theosupremacist in nature.Though they worship one God but these belief was reached by considering 'A&#... [More]
Comment icon #85 Posted by Atentutankh-pasheri on 19 October, 2012, 13:14
The term henotheist has been used by some to describe Akhenaten, yet IMO, this only describes what would have been a transitory phase between belief in the traditional Egyptian pantheon, and belief in Aten as "God". There just isn't enough evidence to come to any definitive conclusion about what he actually believed, we all have our own theories about him, that sometimes coincide, and sometimes most certainly do not. I think that he was a genuine monotheist, believing that Aten was God and, that Ra-Horakhty/Atum etc, were simply manifestations of Aten, much as Christianity has it... [More]
Comment icon #86 Posted by kmt_sesh on 20 October, 2012, 5:02
The Greeks in the employ of the Persians were not travelers or scholars, they were mercenaries. While we can say with certainty that the early Persian rulers dominated and interacted with Indic peoples in the Hindu-Kush, my previous statements about some Greek mercenaries going as far as the Hindu Kush was just that—my own statement, not a statement of historical fact. I was only speculating, in other words. I'm not sure how much veracity my statement would have, anyway. Greek mercenaries in the employ of Persia were not common until the end of the fifth century BCE, anyway. This... [More]
Comment icon #87 Posted by Harsh86_Patel on 20 October, 2012, 6:07
Zorastrianism formerly the worlds largest religion(?) was based on deities that were considered negative in Hinduism (Asuras/Ahura Mazda) and the hindu deities (daevas) were considered negative by zoratrians.The vedas and vedic mythology speaks of a continous war/struggle between the Daevas and the Asuras in great detail,this is good evidence that the Zorastrians/Persians had a lot of cultural awareness and probably a lot of contact with the Vedic Indians,much before Aristotles time.And if the Greeks had contact with Persians/Zorastrians they would have definitely known about Ancient Ind... [More]
Comment icon #88 Posted by Clobhair-cean on 20 October, 2012, 6:17
Please note, dear readers, that here Harsh is claiming that the Asuras are associated with the Zoroastrians/Persians. In a previous thread, he said that they were the Mayans.
Comment icon #89 Posted by Harsh86_Patel on 20 October, 2012, 6:37
Please not everybody that i said the Mayans followed Venus to map their calender and the Indians followed Jupiter to map their calender.And also the vedas mentioned that the Asuras followed shukracharya (venus) and the Daevas followe Brihaspati (Jupiter). Never claimed that the Zorastrians are Asura's,only said that they worshipped Asuras and detested Daevas.But Clob can't seem to understand simple statements,there are still Zorastrians alive who worship deities called 'Asuras'/Ahura Clob has been trying hard to prove that i am a liar,but hasn't been working yet.Clob has ... [More]
Comment icon #90 Posted by Atentutankh-pasheri on 20 October, 2012, 8:41
And what does Tutankhaton say about such matters? Well, I shall ask my brother when my crystal ball has been fixed by a ritual cleansing in the blood of a sacrificial victim. Long time I slept in my great great grandfather's tomb. Last I remembered before I fell asleep was some nonsense happening with my uncle, who sadly seemed to have gone mad and thought that the Aten was GOD, and not simply the physical manifestation of Ra-Horakhty, who sits behind Aten and is himself simply an avatar in the physical universe of the Great Mystery. Now, 1,400 years later, I see not much has changed. Well... [More]
Comment icon #91 Posted by Harsh86_Patel on 20 October, 2012, 9:01
I believe Shiva is going to descend from kailash along with Kalki the tenth avataar of Vishnu and slaughter the evil of this world,he will unconfuse the language that he confused when we tried to make the tower of babel and Kalki will say "i pity the fool,i pity the fool ,i pitty the fool...............i pitty the fool who stole my jools" to all in the world.

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