Tutankhamun, a pharaoh of the 18th dynasty in Ancient Egypt, and one of the youngest rulers that the world has seen. Born to Akhenaten and "The Younger Lady", Tutankhamun ascended to the throne of Egypt in c. 1332 BC, as a mere 9-year-old child, supported by quite a few powerful personalities such as Grand Vizier Ay. Being a ruler in a time when Egypt was in a state of great unrest and turmoil was not easy. Banishing his father Akhenaten's law of monotheism and supreme worship of the god Aten, he somewhat managed to pull together the mighty empire despite his delicate age.

Death and After

King Tut had quite a short time to live, dying at the dissatisfying age of 18. His tomb, built in the vast Valley of the Kings, was one of the few to have escaped the notice of tomb raiders and kept its contents intact. In fact, when Howard Carter discovered it in 1922, it got international media coverage. But unlike other tombs, there are some characteristics that make this one special-

  • His tomb was much, much smaller than what one would expect from a Pharaoh's resting place.
  • The paintings on its walls are enlarged and of a somewhat strange origin and depiction.
  • Mold was found growing on the 3000-odd years old paintings, implying that the tomb was sealed way before the paint was given a chance to dry.
  • Tombs of kings usually contain objects and amenities that would have served the Pharaoh in his other life, which included things that they loved. Tutankhamun's tomb boasts of one of the richest treasures ever found in one place, but it is all crammed inside haphazardly. 

All of the above clues point to only one thing: Tutankhamun was mummified and sealed in the tomb as fast as possible. But the real question here is, why? There are numerous theories regarding his cause of death- some speculate that there was a plot hatched by his relatives to assassinate him, others proclaim that it was just an accident. To figure out what really happened, we have to start from the first...

The Truth and its Proofs

Over the years, since its discovery, the mummy of King Tutankhamen has undergone a dozen CT scans and X-rays, bringing to light certain anomalies that go a long way towards explaining his mysterious death. Consider these-

  • King Tut had a serious fracture in his left leg, just before his death as it never got time to heal even a little bit.
  • There were fragments of bone found inside his skull.
  • He had a bad case of clubfoot, which made him use a cane and limp heavily.
  • Like his father Akhenaten, he also had strange visions in both his sleep and consciousness. 
  • He had a distinctly female body shape, which signified hormonal imbalance.
  • He was the child of an incestuous marriage. 

These observations will help us arrive at the truth which archaeologists at Cairo and elsewhere have found out. 

The Truth: Tutankhamun had a severe case of epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a kind of disease that affects the brain, resulting in temporary although fatal seizures. If not treated soon, it has been known to claim thousands of lives. In the whole of Tut's ancestral line, his relations have all died early deaths. The bone fragment found inside his skull was found to be exactly similar to a foreign structure found in his mother's skull, implying that it was a genetic defect. Hormonal imbalance was another thing that he inherited from his parents. Being a product of incest, it is not surprising that he suffered a lot of mental as well as physical disabilities, such as his clubfoot. 

This is how he actually must have died: He loved travelling in his chariot. One day, he must have been out for a ride, and probably suffered a seizure. That, combined with his bad foot must have caused him to tumble to the ground. We can see the proof in the trauma injuries that are still visible on his body. The speed of two horses pulling a one-man chariot is enough to have crushed his ribs and pelvic bones, which would ultimately lead to his death.

Tutankhamen, the young visionary, was brought to downfall by his own blood. 

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