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ANCIENT HISTORY SPEECH- TUTANKHAMUN IN POPULAR CULTURE

Tutankhamun became Pharaoh at the age of 9 during the 18th dynasty, He ruled over Ancient Egypt until his sudden death at the age of 18. The ancient Egyptians had done what they could to equip the pharaoh for a safe journey into the afterlife. After the discovery of Tutankhamuns almost untouched tomb by Howard carter in 1922, the boy king would finally meet his real afterlife, though a rather different one than the ancient Egyptians had imagined. The discovery of the tomb made Tutankhamun one of Egypts most well-known rulers. Jon Manchip White writes, the Pharaoh who in life was one of the least esteemed of Egypts Pharaohs has become in death the most renowned The discoveries in the tomb were well-known news in the 1920s. Tutankhamun became King Tut, and King Tut became one of the most large-scale cultural phenomena of the 20th century. Ancient Egyptian references became common in popular culture, and "King Tut" became the name of products, businesses, and even the pet dog of U.S. President Herbert Hoover. The fascination in this tomb and its alleged "curse" also led to horror movies featuring a vengeful mummy. Relics from Tutankhamun's tomb are among the most travelled artefacts in the world. The bestknown exhibition was The Treasures of Tutankhamun tour, which ran from 1972 to 1979. The exhibition broke museum attendance records; it was seen by approximately eight million people. Significantly boosting the economy of every city it passed through. It manifested a number of collectibles, from the Metropolitan Museum of Arts expensive line of souvenirs which included a life-size replica of Selket, coated with gold leaf, yours for $1,500; to cheap unlicensed ladies T-shirts bearing the saying HANDS OFF MY TUTS. It inspired a Steve Martin novelty single that made its debut in 1978 on Saturday Night Live which went platinum. With many celebrity followers like: Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Kissinger, and Billy Carter, Tut-mania was a true late-70s thing like disco and Roots. When the exhibition reached its final stop, in New York City, a Metropolitan Museum executive told the Press, Seeing Tut is the status symbol right now. Tutankhamun inspired many films and TV shows along with other media. Some of these include: We Want Our Mummy, a 1939 film by The Three Stooges. In it, the slapstick trio explores the tomb of the midget King Rutentuten and his Queen, Hotsy Totsy a villain on the Batman TV series King Tut, played by Victor Buono, a Mild-mannered Egyptologist William Omaha McElroy, after suffering a concussion, came to believe he was Tutankhamun reincarnated. His response to this knowledge was to embark upon a crime spree requiring him to fight against the "Caped Crusaders", Batman and Robin. The Discovery Kids animated series Tutenstein starring a fictional mummy named Tutankhensetamun, nicknamed Tutenstein in his afterlife. He is depicted as a lazy and spoiled 10-year-old mummy who must guard a magical artefact called the Scepter of Was from the evil Egyptian god Set. In 1989 television networks often advertised commercials for King Kuts dog food, complete with Anubis-styled canine animation and with label adorned with hieroglyphics The 1981 arcade game Tutankham a dance style called Tutting

Novelist Marie Correlli referred to an Arabic superstition in a letter to the press writing According to a rare book I possess ... "The Egyptian History of the Pyramids" [an ancient Arabic text]; the most dire punishment follows any rash intruder into a sealed tomb When Carnarvon died following the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes) announced that he was convinced that Carnarvon had been killed by the "Pharaohs Curse" and the press began to publish the wild speculation as fact and the idea of a curse returned. There were four main allegations that the curse was real the first that Carters pet canary was eaten by a cobra the day the tomb was open second that at the time of Carnarvons death there was a widespread blackout in Cairo third that Carnarvons dog, Susie let out a mournful howl at the time of his death and promptly died herself And fourth that the Egyptian diggers saw a curse inscribed above Tutankhamuns body and that these diggers were bribed to remain in the tomb after reading the curse. These four allegations although having some truth behind them were disproven. The supposed curse of Tutankhamun has inspired a range of media: Angela Anaconda; Curse of the Mummys tomb, At the museum, the mummy of King Tutankhamun falls on Angela, giving her what appears to be bad luck The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb a British horror film produced, written and directed by Michael Carreras. When British archaeologists disturb the tomb of Ra, they have to deal with a curse that condemns anyone involved to death. When the American showman who paid for the expedition, has his first public showing, he finds that the sarcophagus is empty Curse of the mummys tomb; board game Players are a group of explorers in a pyramid attempting to learn forbidden knowledge and find treasure. However the pyramid has many traps and tricks, and lurking about is the Mummy who will not rest until all are dead. WORLD PARTY Song- CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB The mummy, An English librarian called Evelyn Carnahan becomes interested in starting an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra. She and her group are unaware that another group of explorers are interested in the same dig. The other group ends up unleashing a curse which been laid on the dead High Priest Imhotep. Now 'The Mummy' is awake and it's going to take a lot more than guns to send him back from where he came from. The curse of Tutankhamun a comic strip in the book Do not open. King Tutankhamun has a well-known place within modern popular culture due almost completely to the fact the discovery of his tomb was the most complete example of a royal Ancient Egyptian tomb to have been found. Since the discovery of the tomb he has influenced a wide range of popular culture from songs to movies. Through these media outlets Tutankhamun and the supposed mummies curse will be immortalised and will continue to inspire popular culture.

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