Mummy Curse - Reel or Real team Special Correspondent analysis   

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What happened when Tomb opened

On the day Howard Carter opened the tomb, his pet canary was swallowed by a cobra. Cobras, as the goddess Wadjet, were the protectors of the Pharaoh. When Lord Carnarvon, who gave the money for the excavation, died on April 5th 1923, six weeks after the burial chamber was opened, the 'curse' hit the headlines. For years afterwards, the death of anyone who had anything to do with finding the tomb was believed to have been the 'curse' working.
Newspapers reported that a curse was written on the tomb walls. It was meant to have read:
"Death shall come on swift wings to him that toucheth the tomb of Pharaoh."

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Who planted the Myth / Stories

The Victorians and Edwardians were very interested in strange things and happenings. Museums and collectors all over the world, wanted Egyptian mummies. They were often shown with other strange things in travelling shows.

One researcher (Dominic Montserrat) believes that the tale of the mummy's curse may have started just before the Victorian period; a strange show, about unwrapping mummies, took place in a theatre near London's Piccadilly Circus in 1821.

This gave an idea to an author, Jane Loudon Webb, and she wrote a fantasy story called, "The Mummy"; in this book, an angry mummy, who wants revenge, comes back to life.

Then in 1869, Louisa May Alcott, the author of "Little Women", wrote a short story called "Lost in a Pyramid: The Mummy's Curse": this was about an explorer whose fiancé is turned into a living mummy. Over the next 30 years, many stories followed. in this way the idea of a mummy's curse was already well known.

During 1972 hunters found Inside the peculiar grave are bodies naturally mummified by the sub-zero temperatures and dry, dehydrating winds of the shallow cave.

The bodies were found stacked on top of each other with layers of animal skin in between. There are two separate tombs protected by rocks and they found eight mummies, six women and two children.

The “Greenland Mummies” were found at an abandoned Inuit settlement called Qilakitsoq which means “place of the small sky”, dating about more or less 1475 A.D.

They thought the small Inuit baby was a doll, soon discovered it was a body of a six month old boy.They believed he was buried alive with his already dead mother. It is believed that no one will take care of him that’s why he was heartlessly buried together with his mother.

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Truth untold

In fact, there was no such curse. Lord Carnarvon had been poorly for some time and Howard Carter, the first to enter the tomb, lived on for many years.

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