Egypt transported 22 ancient pharaohs in a bizarre ceremony in Cairo yesterday. The ceremony marked the relocation of ancient mummies from a Cairo museum to a new location outside the city. The multi-million dollar event was an incredible sight, but ignored an old warning about moving mummies, and many fear the event may have resulted in a curse.
Among the procession were 22 mummies of 18 kings and four queens aboard spectacular golden trucks.
The ancient remains have been transported in the chronological order of their reigns – from the ruler of the 17th dynasty Seqenenre Taa II to Ramses IX, who reigned in the 12th century BC.
The lavish multi-million dollar spectacle saw the mummies moved from the peach-colored Neoclassical Egyptian Museum to their new resting place three miles south of Cairo.
The crowd watched the performers escort golden trucks designed to resemble graves as they transported the former royals to their new home.
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But while the event was an incredible sight after months of Covid chaos across the country, many questioned the parade warning of an ancient rule that says you should never move a pharaoh’s body or you will face a curse.
Transporting the mummies – or “disturbing their peace” is warned at the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The warning reads: “Death will come on swift wings for those who disturb the peace of the king.”
Egypt has had its fair share of bad luck in recent months and will worry superstitious spirits who watched the event unfold.
Egypt has seen more than 12,000 deaths, lost billions of dollars in trade after the blockade of the Suez Canal by the cargo ship Ever Given and dozens of people tragically died in a train crash in Sohag, Upper Egypt earlier.
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They added: “The Pharaoh’s curse was activated when they announced that they were going to transfer mummies to a new museum, including the mummy of King Ramasses.
“He was the strongest and most powerful pharaoh.”
But others were more positive.
One person said the show was “absolutely spectacular”.