The “curse of the pharaohs” is being blamed for causing the days-long cargo ship clog-up in the Suez Canal and other unfortunate events in Egypt — as the country prepares to move ancient mummies for a parade.
The pharaoh’s curse is the age-old myth that anyone who disturbs the mummy of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh will face bad luck or even death.
“Death will come on quick wings for those who disturb the king’s peace,” says the warning on King Tut’s tomb.
Some of the superstitious believe the curse was recently triggered by preparations for the April 3 “Pharoahs Golden Parade,” according to Arab News.
Officials have been preparing to transfer 22 mummies of ancient kings and queens to a new museum — just as tragedy and bad luck has struck Egypt with the Suez Canal conundrum, a fatal train crash that killed dozens and a building collapse in Cairo that left 18 dead.
Shops in Zagazig were also recently destroyed in a fire and a bridge that was being built in Mariotya also collapsed, according to The New Arab.
Archaeologists including Zahi Hawass, a prominent Egyptologist, says the curse is a bunch of hooey.Amr Nabil/AP
“Please, do not move the mummies from their place, this is better… Beware of the wrath of the pharaohs,” one person warned on Facebook, according to Arab News.
“I have a feeling that the catastrophes that have been happening … over the last few days are all happening because of … scheduled on the 3rd of April,” tweeted another person, who included the hashtag #KeepTheMummiesWhereTheyAre.
But archaeologists including Zahi Hawass, a prominent Egyptologist, says the curse is a bunch of hooey.
Zahi Hawass displays a wooden statue of Tutankhamun.Khalil Hamra/AP
Hawass, who worked for National Geographic as its “explorer-in-residence,” celebrated the upcoming parade as a positive one, calling it the “biggest promotion” for Egypt.
The Ever Given, the 200,000-ton mammoth vessel, was wedged in the narrow Suez Canal for six days before a fleet of tug boats were able to free it Monday.