King Tut's Curse: public vulnerabilty and medical advancement

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 22nd Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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I have always been interested in Egyptology. My dream is to one day visit Egypt. I would love to see the pyramids. I don't know if I would actually go inside one of them as I hear they are off limits for tourists, but I still would love to see them.

The mystery and hype continued

Still the mystery around King Tut's curse and its effectiveness persisted through the years. After all just about everyone enjoys a good scary story. Hollywood movies were made and newspapers were sold en mass. However, not only common folk and Egyptologists were interested in the legend of the curse, so were medical scholars.

New research to shed light on the mysterious King Tut's curse

Mark Nelson, and Australian medical authority from Monash University in Melbourne decided to conduct his own investigation in 2002. He determined that of the 44 westerners present at the time the seal of the tomb was broken, the sarcophagus opened, the tombs opened, and the unwrapping of the mummies were done, none of these people showed evidence that the length of their exposure and survival rate had anything to do with the mummy's curse when compared with other people who were not present at any of these happenings at the time.

He concluded the curse was not lethal. Yet these findings were not prove enough for some Egyptologists who still believed that curse was only potent for those who believed. In other words it was more or less the power of the mind that caused the mysterious deaths.

They used the example of Howard Carter who never once believed the curse and he died of natural causes at the age of 66!


Psychologists have long known how powerful legends can be. Even when faced with reality there are many people who still will not believe. When this occurs psychologists have termed this phenomenon as cognitive dissonance.

Stay tuned for the conclusion of the series

Previous Links

The curse of King Tut's Tomb: Health implications

Finding King Tut's Tomb

King Tut's Tomb: The Canary Died

Strange death's surrounding the discovery of King Tut's tomb

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Mar 2015 (#)

King Tut always intrigues me. I would love to visit Egypt some day too.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
22nd Mar 2015 (#)

The fact remains no one messes with the graves of the dead and the ones who did paid the price with their own death.
The ancient Egyptians had very powerful spell techniques and many of them were curses of the ancient and that meant that whoever disturbed or worried them would end up with the curse that is put around them.
I believe in them and it is all within the the section of the tomb that brings about detriment that is never to be messed with. They can have poison and what not put into their abode of afterlife wherein the King and others have sentries who are guarding him depending on royalty wherein each tomb marks an era that was and each of the spells are pertaining to that era of spellbook which could in most cases be with the elements of the Sun, Moon, Stars and Earth as they believed in Gods and deities within these realms of the afterlife.
Check out the moving statue in the Manchester museum or art shop, don't remember.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
22nd Mar 2015 (#)

Tut was the deadliest as he was disturbed when he was to have been ruling and he did die at age 27 when he still had a lot of life left in him.

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