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PostPosted: 25-05-2004 02:59    Post subject: Mummy's Curse Reply with quote

I couldn't find a general thread on the Mummy's Curse so here it is.

2004-05-24 - Wireless Flash Weird News

The Curse Of The Mummy Ride

ORLANDO, Fla. (Wireless Flash) -- The designers of a new indoor roller coaster based on Brendan Fraser's "Mummy" movies may have tempted fate a bit too much when they inscribed the walls of the ride's faux catacombs with real Egyptian curses.

At least, that's how Project Director Mike Hightower felt before the "Revenge of the Mummy" ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, was unveiled last week.

Hightower oversaw technical details on the attraction and admits "working out all the bugs was not a slam dunk" -- especially developing a realistic 6 ft. 8 robotic version of the Mummy.

He says when he learned designers were carving hieroglyphics of actual Egyptian curses into the walls, he thought, "Why are you putting this in? What if there's something real about [the curse?]"

"After living through what I was living through over the last two-to-three months, I was believing it," he laughs.

Luckily, Hightower has gotten over his fear of the Mummy's curse -- not in the least because visitors to the ride have been raving about it.

A bit of a non-story but we'll just have to await the first deaths............

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PostPosted: 25-05-2004 07:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dzzz! Bit of an advert more like.

Incidentally, it seems to be a common folk 'belief' that the mere words of things like curses and in/evocations have some sort of inherent power ... the plot of a thousand horror movies : but it appears to me that anyone who actually subscribes to a particular belief system will tell you that the power lies elsewhere : that the bread and wine doesn't transubstantiate into the body and blood for Joe Public, but only when the ordained priest performs the mass, or that the demon will only show for the trained solomonic magician and not the high school kid who just picked up a copy of the goetia ......
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PostPosted: 15-06-2004 12:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've posted this elsewhere, but I think it fits better here

I was under the impression that it was a story of the curse made up by the Daily Mail as Howard Carter had sold exclusive rights to The Times and they were trying to cash in on the story.

Some people have been very sick indeed after visiting King Tuts tomb, but it is a very rare effect from breathing in a type of fungus.

Don't you love the Discovery Channel! Wink
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PostPosted: 07-01-2005 17:37    Post subject: Curse of Tutankhamun Reply with quote
'Pharaohs' Curse' Released During Tutankhamun Scan?

Friday, January 07, 2005 9:47:44 AM ET

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, who supervised the first CT scan of the mummy of the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun this week, said the experience suggested it might be unwise to write off the legendary "curse of the pharaohs."

The CT, or computed tomography, scan produced three-dimensional images X-ray of the boy pharaoh's remains.

"I cannot dismiss the legend of the curse because today many things happened. We almost had an accident in a car, the wind blew up in the Valley of the Kings and the computer of the CT scan was completely stopped for two hours," Hawass said in videotaped remarks released by his office on Friday.

An Egyptian team carried out the CT scan in the Valley of the Kings near the southern town of Luxor on Wednesday evening in an attempt to find out how Tutankhamun died -- one of the abiding mysteries in the history of ancient Egypt.

It will take about three weeks for experts to analyse them.

It was only the fourth time that the mummified body of the king has been examined in detail since archaeologist Howard Carter found his tomb intact in the valley in 1922, in one of the most sensational archaeological discoveries of all time.

Archaeologists last opened the coffin in 1968, when an X-ray revealed a chip of bone in his skull. That fuelled speculation that a blow to the head had killed the king, whose high priest and army commander have been singled out as chief suspects.

Tutankhamun ruled during a troubled and confusing period in Egyptian history, starting shortly after the death of the monotheist heretic pharaoh Akhenaten in 1362 BC, who may have been his father. He died just as he was reaching adulthood.

Mystery has surrounded Tutankhamun ever since 1922. Lord Carnarvon, Carter's sponsor and among the first to enter the tomb, died shortly afterwards from an infected mosquito bite.

Newspapers at the time said Carter had unleashed a pharaonic curse which killed Carnarvon and others linked to the discovery.

Scientists have in the past suggested that a disease lying dormant in the tomb may have killed the British aristocrat.

Hawass, chairman of the Egyptian government's Supreme Council for Antiquities, said the mummy was in very poor condition because of the tools Carter used to prise off the golden mask, one of the best known treasures found in the tomb.

The mummy has remained inside the tomb while all the funerary objects have gone to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

"The mummy needs preservation. We need to keep the temperature inside the sarcophagus (stable) and also restore the golden mask," Hawass said.

Hawass, well known around the world for his enthusiastic television appearances in documentaries on ancient Egypt, has previously spoken about spooky experiences he has had while excavating tombs and taking mummies out of sarcophagi.

"I think we should still believe in the curse of the pharaohs," he said from the tomb of Tutankhamun.
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PostPosted: 27-02-2006 02:11    Post subject: Pharaoh's Curse (& Reg. Mummies Ain't Real Chummy Either Reply with quote

Really thrilled to have discovered this topic and I've going to have a LOT of stories to post to it. Years ago I completed an unpublished manuscript of "mummy's curse" tales and yarns (all supposedly true) and I'll be parcelling it out here. Now
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PostPosted: 27-02-2006 02:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my mind writing a curse on a wall in any language if you believe it or not is asking for trouble.
As the great man said "There is more between heaven and earth than we will ever understand".
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PostPosted: 27-02-2006 02:47    Post subject: Curse Reply with quote


A couple of decades back there was a front-page news story concerning an American Lutheran pastor who'd placed a formal curse against the individual who'd vandalized a tree outside his church.

Horticulturalists afterwards pointed out that the damage to the tree was the result of a naturally-occurring tree disease.

So whom did the Reverend curse....GOD?
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PostPosted: 26-08-2007 10:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Egyptian tomb raider dies from 'curse'
By Harry de Quetteville in Berlin
Last Updated: 2:06am BST 25/08/2007

Legend has it that the royal tombs of ancient Egypt were sealed with monstrous curses against all those who trespassed into the domain of the afterlife.

In the tomb of the boy pharaoh, Tutankhamun, hieroglyphs were said to have spelled out a dreadful end for all those who entered.

Howard Carter, the lead archaeologist who opened the tomb in 1923, wrote that "all sane people should dismiss such inventions with contempt".

But a German man has decided the curse of the mummies is definitely not a myth - and has therefore returned a plundered ancient Egyptian carving which he says has fatally cursed his family.

The relic was stolen three years ago from the Valley of Kings, near Luxor, home to the tombs of dozens of Pharaohs and Egyptian nobles who were buried there some three millennia ago.

The unnamed man decided to take it home to Germany with him as a souvenir of his trip.

It was on his return to Europe that the trouble began, according to an anonymous note that accompanied the carving when it was recently returned to the Egyptian embassy in Berlin.

Instead of enjoying his stolen treasure, the thief was struck down with an inexplicable fatigue and fever, progressing to paralysis, and ultimately death.

Following his demise, the stolen piece was returned to the Egyptians by his stepson, who believed that the thief's torment would not end merely with death.

By returning the carving to its rightful home, Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities said this week, he hoped his stepfather's soul could rest in peace.

The apparent curse is the latest in a long series of bedevilments that have menaced the explorers and plunderers of the Valley of the Kings over the years.

King Tut's "curse" is by far the most famous of those attached to the ancient pharaohs.

The team that excavated his tomb is rumoured to have suffered a bizarre series of unexplained deaths in the months and years after its treasures were uncovered.

Its primary victim was said to be the expedition's main financial backer, George Herbert, Earl of Carnarvon, who was found dead soon after revealing the tomb's still unsurpassed bounty.

His death is now frequently ascribed to blood poisoning rather than a millennia-old curse.

But potential toxins in the tombs, and the hieroglyphic warnings against disturbing the peace of the pharaohs, have perpetuated the mystery.

The antiquities council, which has now received the stolen carving after it was flown back by diplomatic bag from Germany, has formed a committee to study the artefact.
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PostPosted: 26-08-2007 15:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about compiling a list of those involved in the Carter dig who did live long????

I believe one of them was the local boy who was photographed wearing Tutenkhamens jewelry; something that might be regarded as dangerous in many cultures.
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PostPosted: 03-10-2010 13:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not really about the curse, just his granda.

Archaeologists find statue of Tutankhamun's grandad
October 2nd, 2010 in Other Sciences / Archaeology & Fossils
The statue depicts the king sitting on a throne with Amun, the chief deity


A handout picture from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (ESCA) shows a 3,000-year-old statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, believed to be the grandfather of the young King Tutankhamu, unearthed by archaeologists.

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed part a 3,000-year-old statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, believed to be the grandfather of the young King Tutankhamun, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Saturday.

"The statue was found near the northern entrance of Amenhotep III's temple and depicts the king sitting down on a throne with Amun," the chief deity, Hawass said.

The red-granite top half of the statue was discovered at the site of the Amenhotep III's funerary temple in the southern city of Luxor, Hawass said.

The newly-discovered artifact which measures 130 cm (51 inches) in height and 95 cm (37 inches) in width is "fantastic... because of the details of the facial features," Hawass said.

Archaeologists believe the full statue is around three metres (nearly 10 feet) tall.

In recent years, a large quantity of red-granite statue pieces have been uncovered at Amenhotep III's funerary temple at Kom al-Hitan on Luxor's west bank.

Amenhotep III ruled Egypt between 1390 and 1352 BC.

He was almost certainly the grandfather of Tutankhamun, according to the results of DNA tests and computerised tomography (CT) scans on the famed boy king's mummy announced by scientists on February 17.
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PostPosted: 18-04-2011 18:35    Post subject: Legend of the Curse of Tutankhamun's trumpets Reply with quote

Should I have put this rather brilliant item in 'What Music', 'Fortean Headlines', 'General Forteana' or even 'chat'?

Anyway, what we have here is a 1939 recording of someone playing two 3000 year old trumpets (silver and copper) found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Even with the traditional Last Post and hunting riff he's interpreted, it's a brilliantly haunting track of instruments echoing through the centuries.

What is even more interesting is the nugget provided towards the bottom of the article...

As Tutankhamun's trumpet echoes once more, the loss - and return - of such a celebrated artefact is convincing some of Tutankhamun's celebrated curse. Not least the trumpet's apparent ability to summon up war.

Bandsman Tappern had, after all, played the trumpet shortly before World War II broke out. Cairo Museum's Tutankhamun curator claims the trumpet retains "magical powers" and was blown before the first Gulf War, and by a member of staff the week before the Egyptian uprising.

I've never even heard of this before - Talk about a blast from the past Shocked
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PostPosted: 18-04-2011 21:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a new one on me, too. I've seen lots of talk about the purported curse associated with opening Tutankhamun's tomb. This is the first I've heard of a purported curse associated with the trumpets.
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PostPosted: 19-04-2011 06:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Ghost Music" 1.30pm Tuesday 19th April 2010 on Radio 4 will feature an article on Tutankhamun's trumpets.
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PostPosted: 19-04-2011 07:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

People can be so silly!

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

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PostPosted: 19-04-2011 16:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone really needs to tell them to stop blowing that bloody trumpet!
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