Is there a "curse of the pharaohs"

A huge number of mysteries, legends and secrets are associated with the Egyptian pyramids. One of the most common mystical stories is the "revenge of the pharaohs." Many explorers and treasure hunters who dared to disturb the peace of the ancient pharaohs ended their lives tragically.

It all began almost 100 years ago - in November 1922, English archaeologists Howard Carter and George Carnarvon uncovered the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, ruler of the eighteenth dynasty. And in the spring of the following year, reports appeared in the newspapers about the sudden death of Lord Carnarvon. Journalists vied with each other that the archaeologist had become a victim of the "curse of the pharaohs."

In the newspapers, information appeared that before entering the tomb of the pharaoh, scientists found a clay tablet with a formidable inscription: "Death will overtake the one who dares to disturb the peace of the pharaoh." But, how could this have stopped researchers on the way to their dream?

Carnarvon's colleagues were skeptical about the newspaper "ducks", assuring that the pharaohs had nothing to do with it: the archaeologist was bitten by some poisonous insect a day before his death, that is the whole reason for this tragedy. But, this was only the beginning of a whole series of mysterious deaths. Soon, another member of the expedition, the American Mays, died. In the last days of his life, he assured that he was experiencing a strange state - a complete decline of physical and spiritual strength. It was Mace who actively participated in the dismantling of the wall that blocked the entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Several participants in the excavations have died in a short time. Moreover, even people who were only indirectly related to this expedition suffered. British entrepreneur Wolfe just decided to look at the mummy of the pharaoh, and died aboard the ship, returning to his native England.

In March 1939, Howard Carter, one of the first archaeologists to visit the pharaoh's tomb, also died. Despite the fact that more than 16 years have passed since the expedition, the newspapermen and his death attributed to the "retribution of the pharaohs." So does it really exist?

There are both supporters and skeptics on this issue. For example, the famous English writer Arthur Conan Doyle was sure that this is not a myth. He stated that, indeed, some kind of curse was imposed on the tombs by the priests of Tutankhamun to protect the peace of the departed rulers. It is not surprising that the opinion of such a well-known writer around the world caused a great resonance in society.

Materialists tried to find a scientific explanation for what was happening. For example, in the sixties of the last century, the Egyptian physician Ez-ed-din Taha published the data of his many years of research. Almost all researchers of the pyramids in the body were found to have a virus that causes inflammation of the respiratory tract. The same virus has been found in mummies. Moreover, it has retained its activity for several millennia.

And George Carnarvon, who became the first victim of the "revenge of the pharaohs", even before visiting Egypt, suffered from pulmonary disease. It is not surprising that in a country with a completely different climate, the disease could worsen.