A procession to move 22 royal mummies from one museum in Egypt to another has coincided with a number of strange incidents last week that some are blaming on Pharaoh’s curse.
Officials are planning on transport the mummies from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat on April 3, which will include remains of King Ramses II and Queen Ahmose-Nefertari.
News of the parade was followed by a number of disasters including a giant ship blocking the Suez Canal, a fatal train accident and fires across the country.
Social media users are blaming such events on the curse of the pharaohs that says: ‘Death will come on quick wings for those who disturb the king’s peace.’
Archaeologists are rebuking the claim stating that none of the ancient tombs were harmed during excavations and that ‘the occurrence of these accidents is just fate.’
Egypt has made headline for a number of disasters that plagued the country in just one week, ArabNews reports.
The ancient legend suggests anyone who disturbs mummies of ancient Egypt will be plagued with a curse laid upon the remains by mythical priests during the burial.
Other than the ship in the Suez Canal, the country witnessed a fatal train accident in Sohag, a 10-story building collapsed at Suez Bridge and a massive concrete pillar came tumbling down during construction of a bridge in Mariotia.
Although Twitter is flooded with posts pointing to the curse of the pharaohs, renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass has assured ‘there is no such thing.’
Speaking to Al-Arabiya television, Hawass explained that the deaths of archaeologists who had excavated tombs in the past were due to germs present at the sites.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Stacy Liberatore