Assignment 1: Essay “The Mummy’s Curse”
HUM 111 – World Cultures I Mini Session
August 24, 2014
When it comes to curses and mummies, it almost seems like they go hand in hand, like PB&J. Whenever we see a mummy in movies or any type of storytelling there has to be a curse, it just wouldn’t seem right without it. Legends about the "Curse of the Pharaoh's" first was first stated by the Arabs sometime in the 7th Century when they stumbled on to their first tomb. Because they could not read the hieroglyphics and, everything was so strange things became more mysterious and magical to them. There was also the fact that the Pharaoh’s were so well ...view middle of the document...
What made the curse even more believable was the fact that when they later unwrapped the mummy of Tutankhamun in 1925 it was discovered that the bug bite on Lord Carnarvon correlated to a wound found in the same spot as on the mummy.
Also during this time there was no T.V.s or internet so all information was provided by the newspaper and information traveled very slowly, and was unreliable. It was a very superstitious time, and the media took full advantage of this, they used people’s gullibility to sell their newspapers. During this time reporters more often than not simply made up facts in order to dramatize their stories. In the case of King Tut’s tomb opening it was easier to make up a curse at the entrance than to report the very boring removal of a stone door, so a reporter wrote: "Death shall come on swift wings to him that toucheth the tomb of a pharaoh." This story was spread all over the world and an interest in the "Curse of the Pharaohs" was kindled.
Many theories have come about to explain those deaths that everyone was attributing to the opening of King Tut’s tomb. Over the last decade or so many doctors and scientist have gotten together to come up with a more scientific theory to Lord Carnarvon's death. Many people have come up with the explanation that there were microorganisms that could have killed him that had been sealed with the Ancient Egyptian tombs. In many of the other tombs with ancient mummies bacteria and other molds have been found that can be deadly, many of these molds and bacteria are known to attack the respiratory system. In laboratory studies it has been discovered that many ancient mummies carry two potentially dangerous species of mold known as, Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus. These molds can...