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Howard Carter, was he really the only survivor of King Tutankhamun’s curse?
On the sixth of November 1922, there was no specific description contained in one of the languages of the world that could describe the extent of happiness, passion, pride and eagerness that afflicted the feelings of the English archaeologist Howard Carter, after he was a few meters away from the most important discoveries of his life, months before years of Toil, effort and sweat.
He quickly packed his belongings, after placing the search site in the Valley of the Kings under heavy guard, and left the beloved golden canary in his heart with his assistant, Mr. Callender, that bird who had accompanied him on his journey from the moment he first entered Luxor, and who had decided to give his name to his new discovery, left all Something behind him and quickly went to Cairo to invite Lord Carnarvon, the financier of this search expedition, to witness the first moments of this discovery for himself.
A great find on a fateful day
On the 23rd of November 1922, Lord Carnarvon arrived in Luxor, and he was preceded by a severe sandstorm that disturbed the atmosphere of the city of Luxor. At the search site, the workers were terrified to see a falcon hovering in the sky, which the ancients considered a bad omen.
As the carriages were heading toward the Valley of the Kings, Mr. Callender, Mr. Carter’s aide, heard a faint chirping of the canary on the balcony, and came out to find it dying among the tusks of a gigantic cobra.
In the Valley of the Kings, Lord Carnarvon and Mr. Carter presented a group of noble English figures, English and Egyptian scholars, and many Egyptian workers, and they removed the locks and opened the doors one by one until they reached where the young king Tutankhamun lay, and on his majestic coffin they found inscriptions saying, “Death will strike with its poisonous wings all Who disturbs the peace of the king?
Celebration of the first victim
In the middle of the same night in Luxor, the research team gathered to celebrate this great discovery, but the Egyptian archaeologist Mohamed Zakaria seemed to be very tired during the party, and soon a mysterious fever took his life on the same night, and while the crowd was inquiring about the state of the Egyptian scientist moments before his death struck Cairo is hundreds of kilometers away, a great dark wave. The electricity in Cairo was completely cut off on a night that disturbed the peace of King Tut.
The curse strikes again
And after 6 months of this great discovery, and in England, Lord Carnarvon’s dog, which he called Susie, was suffering from a crazy howling attack, and she died on the same day, Lord Carnarvon himself fell dead in mysterious circumstances while on one of his Nile cruises.
The year 1924 witnessed one of the most tragic cases involving participants in this discovery, when the body of archaeologist Hugh Evelyn White was discovered, after he hanged himself, leaving a note allegedly written in his blood, in the text of which he said, “I have surrendered to a curse compelling me to disappear.”
In 1926, a fire broke out in the house of the Egyptologist Aaron Ember, who was a confidant of Lord Carnarvon, and instead of fleeing from the fire to escape himself, and although there was plenty of time to escape as history mentioned, he was rushed into the flame to retrieve the manuscript of a book he was working on. It is entitled “The Egyptian Book of the Dead”.
The curse continues
The curse did not stop there, but several historical references mentioned that the number of victims of the discovery of the tomb of young King Tut exceeded 22 sudden or mysterious deaths, and those previous stories were only a few of what history wrote in its references from many that no one has definitely heard about.
But the strange thing is that Mr. Howard Carter was not one of those who died in the wake of the discovery of the cemetery. History documented his death on March 2, 1939, in his eighties, from lymphoma.
Mr. Carter may have escaped death immediately after his greatest discovery, but no one knows how much anxiety, suffering and terror he experienced, watching death strike with its poisonous wings all who participated in disturbing King Tut’s peace.