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Egypt's "King Tut Curse" caused by tomb toxins?

Posted on Sunday, 8 May, 2005 | Comment icon 15 comments


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"Stories of "the mummy's curse" or "King Tut's curse" excited the world after the discovery in 1922 of the ancient pharaoh's tomb in Egypt."

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Comment icon #6 Posted by KevinM on 9 May, 2005, 1:57
Howard Carter thank you. If memory serves he died in a car accident in London quite a few years after the event(and he was one of the original openers mind you so toxins or curse it should have hit him). Certainly has nothing to do with toxins. Also the other deaths actually linked to the opening are explainable. Death by infected misquito bite is an odd thing by todays standards but in an era when medical standards were much lower its not that odd. The toxin story is an example of trying to rationally explain some thing with out actually researching it. ITs common to the paranormal.
Comment icon #7 Posted by LilaBurrows on 9 May, 2005, 2:40
The tomb of the boy king Tutankhamen was opened by Howard Carter on 26 November 1922. Not pillaged since ancient times, the tomb yielded treasures that remain the most spectacular ever discovered in the Valley of the Kings. One product resulting from the contemporary frenzy of the news press was the story of King Tut's curse, which has since been retold many times. Most versions have Howard Carter finding a clay tablet in the Antechamber of the tomb. A few days after cataloguing it, the tale goes, Alan Gardiner deciphered the hieroglyphics. The tablet read: Death will slay with his wings whoev... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by AztecInca on 9 May, 2005, 3:42
In this modern world of science anything that isn`t logiacl or scientific is always a target to be disproved and although it can be a good thing, some things you just like to believe in and like to stay unexplianed. Although I never believed in the curse, it was still interesting and made things that extra bit exciting.
Comment icon #9 Posted by LucidElement on 9 May, 2005, 8:39
what is a tomb toxin though exactly? can someone explain to me thank you!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Amalgamut on 9 May, 2005, 10:26
what is a tomb toxin though exactly? can someone explain to me thank you! 612002[/snapback] Basically its this... "Scientists have also detected ammonia gas, formaldehyde, and hydrogen sulfide inside sealed sarcophagi. In strong concentrations they could cause burning in the eyes and nose, pneumonia-like symptoms, and in very extreme cases, death. Bats inhabit many excavated tombs, and their droppings carry a fungus that can cause the influenza-like respiratory disease histoplasmosis." There is all kinds of nasty stuff inside those things.
Comment icon #11 Posted by splitn on 9 May, 2005, 13:40
So basically the myth and wander in everything we know or heard has been replaced with scientific facts...Why do I not feel so great?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Celumnaz on 9 May, 2005, 18:42
knowledge tends to have that effect... that's why they say "ignorance is bliss" the more you learn, the more you realize how dumb you are... and you never know what you don't know. EDIT: that's a general "you" not a specific "you"
Comment icon #13 Posted by KevinM on 9 May, 2005, 19:54
Whats interesting is that not only did no actual inion appear on the tomb and that Carter lived 17 years after its opening(you'd think some one who was among the first to enter the tomb would have been hit by the toxins or the curse). In point of fact one rumor I've heard is the tomb actually bore a inion asking the gods to bless any who used its contents to once more glorify the name of Tutenkamin. I doubt that was there either but it certainly an interesting take. What your finding here isn't science's need to dismiss any thing occult. Instead its an example of the medias need to invent fair... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by 2PAC4LIFE on 12 May, 2005, 2:43
So basically the myth and wander in everything we know or heard has been replaced with scientific facts...Why do I not feel so great? 612291[/snapback] Same reason why I don't feel so great....
Comment icon #15 Posted by XSAS on 12 May, 2005, 12:20
The tomb of the boy king Tutankhamen was opened by Howard Carter on 26 November 1922. Not pillaged since ancient times, the tomb yielded treasures that remain the most spectacular ever discovered in the Valley of the Kings. One product resulting from the contemporary frenzy of the news press was the story of King Tut's curse, which has since been retold many times. Most versions have Howard Carter finding a clay tablet in the Antechamber of the tomb. A few days after cataloguing it, the tale goes, Alan Gardiner deciphered the hieroglyphics. The tablet read: Death will slay with his wings whoev... [More]


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