Tomb Raiding

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There are a lot of instances of Egyptians cursing anyone who loots their tomb or disturbs their mummified remains, but they were never able to close the deal. Tomb robbing was a cottage industry in Egypt for centuries, because the dead pharaohs and their families really couldn’t take it with them, not to say that they didn’t try. In more modern times, tomb raiding has been popularized again by Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones) and Angelina Jolie (Laura Croft), and the curses of the ancients were ignored (successfully).
However history brings us one instance where the curse may have worked. In 1941, Soviet archaeologists uncovered the tomb of Timūr Gurkānī at Gur-e-Amir, Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Timur, commonly known as Tamerlane, was a Turco-Mongol Persianate conqueror who founded the Timurid Empire in and around modern-day Iran and Central Asia, becoming the first ruler of the Timurid dynasty.
The Russian scientists who examined the tomb noted two inscriptions. One was on the tombstone itself. It read, “When I Rise From the Dead, The World Shall Tremble”.
The second inscription is located inside the tomb, and reads, “Whosoever Disturbs My Tomb Will Unleash an Invader More Terrible than I.”
Some things are best left alone.
Stalin is said to have ordered the tomb opened irrespective of the curse. The Russian archeologists opened the tomb on June 20, 1941. The tomb was immediately filled with choking odor of camphor, resin, rose and frankincense.
Two days after they opened the Tomb, the Germans invaded Russia.

9 thoughts on “Tomb Raiding

  1. It's fortunate for all of us that nobody knows where Ghengis Khan was buried. Now THAT guy could summon a scourge…

  2. "Tomb robbing was a cottage industry in Egypt for centuries"

    Maybe that is why Egypt has never recovered past glory? The burden of Islam? Curses fulfilled.

  3. What we need to do is mount an expedition to find it, take it to Adam Schiff with a note from President Trump, pleading him not to open it.

  4. It may well be. I'm not in tune sufficiently with the Ancient Gods of Egypt to know what they're thinking. Maybe we should wait for the next Mummy Returns film to see what's in store.

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