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PostPosted: 22-04-2011 06:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

rynner2 wrote:
People can be so silly!

It's not a trumpet at all - it's a device for giving the pharoah an enema!

Twisted Evil


Rynner, the Pharaoh's rectal specialist proudly bore the title "Shepherd of the Royal Anus." I just thought you'd like to know that.
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PostPosted: 22-04-2011 07:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

OldTimeRadio wrote:
Rynner, the Pharaoh's rectal specialist proudly bore the title "Shepherd of the Royal Anus." I just thought you'd like to know that.

I think that was one of the vague amorphous factoids floating about in the darker corners of my memory banks! Cool

(The last few years I could have used a Shepherd myself... Sad )
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PostPosted: 23-04-2011 04:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can anyone here tell me if it's possible to save this wonderful BBC audio clip? I can play it but not download it, and I'd very much like a permanent copy.
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PostPosted: 27-04-2011 04:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well i don't know about any curse, however I think it's pretty neat neat to hear the trumpets played. They sounded a bit more modern than I expected.
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PostPosted: 27-04-2011 09:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was a kid there used to be this lady that occasionally appeared on TV in an evening dress who played anything from watering cans to a garden hose. Apparently she could get a note out of anything but she used a trumpet mouthpiece.
A class act with no curse attached as far as I know.

So they used a modern mouthpiece to get the trumpet sound...

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His story goes that the precious instrument shattered, possibly because of a modern mouthpiece being inserted to play it. According to Mr Keating's colourful account, Mr Lucas was left as shattered as the trumpet and needed hospital treatment. The instrument, at least, was repaired.


This means the trumpets could have been symbolic funerary ornaments or more like a vuvuzela or not even meant to be played but it doesn't really matter as the sound is haunting and evocative and maybe how it would have sounded those thousands of years ago.
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PostPosted: 29-04-2011 07:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Imagine 70 to 100 of these sounded in unison during a funerary, military or corronation rite. The psychological and emotional impact would have been quite something.
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PostPosted: 27-10-2013 15:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting article here giving a nice overview about the legendary curse of Tutankhamun, and examining its roots from a historical and sociological viewpoint and its various adaptations in modern times:

http://www.aeonmagazine.com/altered-states/why-does-the-mummys-curse-refuse-to-die/

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It came from an Egyptian tomb... Well no, actually, it didn’t. But once a myth lurches into life, there’s no stopping it
by Jo Marchant

On 24 March 1923, an ominous warning circulated in the British press. ‘According to a rare book I possess,’ wrote Marie Corelli, an elderly romantic novelist with supernatural leanings, ‘the most dire punishment follows any rash intruder into a sealed tomb.’ She went on to quote the book’s description of ‘divers secret poisons enclosed in boxes in such wise that they who touch them shall not know how they come to suffer’. Corelli’s fantastical tales of reincarnation and astral projection had been a favourite with Queen Victoria. She had sold more novels than her contemporaries H G Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling put together. It didn’t matter that the book she quoted, An Egyptian History of the Pyramids, was seen by scholars as a mundane collection of fairytales. When Corelli spoke, the public listened.

The target of her admonition was George Herbert, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon. Along with the British archaeologist Howard Carter, Carnarvon had recently discovered the treasure-filled tomb of Tutankhamun. The spectacular discovery of this 18th-dynasty pharaoh’s intact resting place was a press sensation, and journalists camped out around the tomb’s entrance to glimpse the glittering finds, from delicate jewellery to thrones and chariots, as they were carried out on wooden stretchers. A particular source of excitement was the prospect of revealing the mummy of the king himself, which was still hidden within its huge granite sarcophagus. But with the find of a lifetime had come the ultimate misfortune. Corelli wrote in response to reports that Carnarvon was languishing in a Cairo hotel room suffering the effects of an infected mosquito bite. Less than two weeks later, he was dead.

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Evidently, Carter and Carnarvon had touched a nerve. The interesting thing is, that nerve appears not to be particularly connected to Egypt — or anywhere else in the ancient world, for that matter. To be sure, stories of vengeful mummies predated the discovery of Tutankhamun, but they are not a particular feature of Egyptian culture, ancient or modern. Only a few written warnings have been found in tombs; they tend to come from the Old Kingdom, around the 24th or 25th centuries BC (more than a millennium before Tutankhamun’s time) and they are found as much in non-royal tombs as in those of the pharaohs.

etc.


The whole thing is well worth a read - even von Däniken gets a mention! Although, as one commenter points out, there's no discussion of the theory that it was ancient mould spores which did for some of the discoverers. Question

One interesting fact which I had not read before:
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[Shortly after Carnarvon's death] the British Museum was deluged by mummy-related parcels — shrivelled hands, feet, ears, and heads — posted by souvenir collectors concerned that they, too, would join Carnarvon in his fate.
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