Nov. 4th King Tut Day
Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings. His name was Tutankhamun and he ruled for only 9 years in the mid 1100’s BC. He died at 19 of either a brain tumor or lung disease, or maybe both, though there are those that thought he was murdered so someone else could become Pharaoh in his place. Interesting, his real name, at birth, was Tutankhaten meaning, “Living image of Aten” the Egyptian sun god. However after his father’s death, and Tut became Pharaoh, he changed the name of the sun god to Amun, and thus also changed the last part of his name to match the new sun god.
How to celebrate – Visit Egypt. Read about Carter’s discovery. Start a collection of King Tut merchandise
King Tut is one of the most famed figures in history. The fact that we don’t really know much about him isn’t important. He was the “Child King”, becoming King at 9 years old and reigning until he was 19. His real name was Tutankhamen which is probably why we call him Tut.
His tomb was found in the “Valley of King’s” in Egypt on November 4th, 1922. It was filled with a world of gold, jewels and other valuable items as most of the ancient Kings of Egypt were buried. They believed you could take it with you. No one knows exactly what killed him. Many of the rulers back in his time were sickly (Being born by generations of families that married aunts, uncles and the occasional brother or sister).
He may have been murdered , with a lot of relatives looking to become King it’s not hard to understand why. It could also have been an accident. The fact that no one knows seems to make the mystery even more appealing. If you study the Egyptian kings of that era, you will find a lot of them died young. Of course, so did a lot of their people.
And there is the Curse of King Tut. It is true that a lot of people died that were a part of the team that discovered King Tut’s tomb. The fact that they died 50 years later of natural causes does not seem to have effected the myth. Yes, Herbert died of blood poisoning but in fact it has been found out that it had nothing to do with King Tut.
Was King Tut so loved that they people created such a shrine to him? Was it because he was so rich? Was it because he was King? Maybe, but I think it may have something to do with the fact that he died.
How to celebrate – Read about King Tut. Visit one of the many museums than house treasures from King Tut’s tomb. Plan your own pyramid.