Suez canal chaos & two other disasters in Egypt blamed on ‘Pharaoh’s curse’ over plan to move Ramesses II’s body
A SERIES of unfortunate incidents in Egypt including the Suez Canal chaos and a train crash that killed 32 have been pinned on the so-called curse of the Pharaohs by superstitious social media users.
In the last week, a number of travesties have plagued the country – all since it was announced 22 mummies would be transferred to a new museum, including the remains of King Ramesses II.
Shortly after news of the transfer, a megaship became stuck in the Suez Canal, blocking the major shipping route in both directions for almost a week.
The vital lane finally reopened yesterday after the Ever Given became grounded in the waterway at a perpendicular angle last Tuesday.
Then on Friday, at least 32 were killed and dozens more injured when two passenger trains collided in Tahta, central Egypt.
Shocking images showed people trapped inside flipped carriages surrounded by twisted metal and debris after one train rammed into the rear of another.
In a further cruel twist, the following day an apartment building collapsed in Cairo – leaving 18 dead.
While many would put this down to a run of unbelievable bad luck, others are blaming an ancient curse believed to be inscribed on Tutankhamun's tomb, which reads "Death will come on quick wings for those who disturb the king’s peace", reports Arab News.
Social media users have been quick to pick up on the legend and believe the planned transfer is to blame for the disasters.
The curse, which is said to not differentiate between thieves and archaeologists, is claimed to cause bad luck, illness or death on anyone who disturbs the mummies of ancient Egypt.
One person tweeted: "I have a feeling that the catastrophes that have been happening over the last few days are all happening because of the move scheduled on the 3rd of April."
While another added: "Final Destination 2021.. The Curse of the Pharaoh."
But Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass has dismissed rumours, saying there "is no such thing" as the curse of the Pharaohs.
He explained to Al-Arabiya television that past deaths of archaeologists who have excavated tombs were down to germs at the site – not an ancient legend.
Hawass said that the procession to transfer the mummies will be "the biggest publicity for Egypt".
He added: "The eyes of the whole world will be fixed on Egypt amid great respect during the transport of the mummies that will take 40 minutes."
Some 22 royal mummies will be transported from a museum in Tahrir Square to a new permeant display at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation.
The parade is due to take place in Cairo on April 3, and among the exhibits being transferred are the mummies of King Ramesses II, Seqenenre Tao, Thutmose III, and Seti I, and Queen Hatshepsut.
Ramesses II – also known as Ramesses the Great – ruled from 1279 to 1213 BC, and is often regarded as the most celebrated and powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom
He led several military expeditions and expanded the empire, and focused the early part of his reign on building cities, temples and monuments.
The belief in the curse of the pharaohs particularly picked up when a number Howard Carter's team and other visitors to King Tutankhamun's tomb.
British archaeologist Carter and his team discovered the tomb in 1922.
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