Haunted Egypt

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Haunted Egypt: The Possibility

Egypt is a dry yet beautiful land filled with mystery and marvelous relics from ancient times. Since I was a little girl, ancient Egyptian culture and history has fascinated me to my very core. Anything I could get my hands on concerning the Egyptian pharaohs, the pyramids, the Egyptian religions, and the ancient Egyptian way of life was subject to my analysis and awe.

As I've grown older, my fascination with the paranormal has sprouted to a tremendous height...but my passion for ancient Egyptian history has not died. In fact, just recently it has been rekindled with the thought that the ancient land of Egypt could indeed be haunted. I mean, how could it not be? With thousands of years of history (both peaceful and tumultuous times), the country and land of Egypt could very well be called Haunted Egypt.

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Tomb of Horemheb
Tomb in Valley of the Kings
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Haunted Egypt: The Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings is located in the Theban Hills in Luxor, Egypt. Simply put, the Valley of the Kings is a valley in which many royal tombs were placed within the hills for a period of about five hundred years in the New Kingdom era of Egypt. Over sixty tombs have been discovered in the Valley of the Kings and more will most likely be discovered in the future.

There are many creepy tales told about the Valley of the Kings in Haunted Egypt; however, one ghostly tale will really make your hair stand on end. It is said that at midnight, the vision of an Egyptian pharoah riding a chariot will blaze through the Valley of the Kings. Eyewitnesses have seen him in all his ghostly glory, wearing his golden collar and headdress and riding a chariot with black phantom horses at the front. Is this ghost of Haunted Egypt the ghost of an ancient Egyptian pharoah that is possibly buried in the Valley of the Kings? We will probably never know...

Many tourists and archaeologists that visit or work in the Valley of the Kings claim that there is truly a feeling of something out of the ordinary in the air...possibly even paranormal or supernatural. There are legends that say that it is actually the ghosts of the ancient Egyptian royals and noblemen that prompt and lead to the discovered of the tombs in the haunted Valley of the Kings.

One of the most popular finds, and most haunting, is the discovery of King Tut's tomb.


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Haunted Egypt: Curse of King Tut's Tomb

One of the greatest discoveries in the Valley of the Kings was the discovery of King Tut's tomb in the 1920s. Along with this historic discovery came what is referred to as the "pharoah's curse". In just days after the tomb of King Tut was unveiled and archaeologists started studying the tomb's contents, bad things happened.

The archaeologist who helped find the tomb passed away within a few months of opening the tomb, and many said that his bird had actually been killed by a cobra snake only a few days after he found King Tut's tomb. The cobra snake is the symbol of the pharoah...ironic? Another strange event surrounding this pharoah's curse was that at the time of death of the discoverer, all of the lights in the city of Cairo went out. Is King Tut's tomb protected by the pharoahs of old? Is there indeed a curse placed on tombs so that whomever opens the tombs will become ill or die? Are these mummies protected by magic even to this very day?

This is only one of Haunted Egypt's supernatural and mysterious places.

Haunted Egypt: Akhenaten's Ghost

It is well known that the ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife. Their belief in the afterlife was so strong that they developed mummification and built great monuments and chambers for their royal dead. In spite of the modern popular horror image of the mummy, the dead ancient Egyptians don't come back as wrapped up zombies but most likely return to earth as ghosts.

The ghost of Akhenaten is said to wander the deserts of Egypt and has been seen by dozens of people. Legend has it that because Akhenaten abolished the Egyptian gods when he was pharoah, he angered the old religion's followers (which included priests). When Akhenaten died, the priests cursed him to wander the deserts forever as punishment for banishing the old beliefs.

Conclusion

In a place where there is so much history, it is no wonder that Egypt can really be called Haunted Egypt. Throughout the centuries, pharoahs have ruled and died and have been buried in the hills and pyramids of Haunted Egypt. Do their souls live on in those hills and tombs or is the land of Egypt haunted by the pharoahs' ghosts to this very day?

Many visitors of Haunted Egypt claim that there is an overwhelming feeling of something or someone watching them while in the Valley of the Kings. Maybe if you visit Egypt the mummies' eyes will follow you, as well.

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Do you believe that Egypt could be haunted? 21 comments

caitlyn937 3 years ago

I have always loved Ancient Egypt. I have always wanted to visit Egypt and see a ghost (but know it would probably scare me so bad I wouldn't go to sleep ever again!) I've heard stories of ghost cats that wander around Egypt because their mummies have been destroyed or shipped to other countries. I wish people would quit moving mummies.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Thanks, lucybell! I've always thought about Egypt being haunted...whether by curses or mummies...but haunted nonetheless! :)


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lucybell21 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

Very interesting. I never really thought of Egypt as being haunted. Great hub. I really enjoyed reading.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Stephaniedas - I would love to visit too. I think it would be the trip of a lifetime!


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

Egypt is so fascinating! This is a great hub. I too, was obsessed with ancient egypt as a kid. I still dream of visiting.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Paradise - It does make perfect sense that Egypt would be haunted then, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing & reading, as always. :)


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

I can see why Egypt would be one of the most haunted places. For centuries, the people's religion was ancestor worship and many paid great homage to the dead. The tombs themselves were the most elaborate and long-lasting monuments of anywhere in the world.

It's fascinating, Kitty, and thank you for sharing this.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Tom - I agree fully!


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tom hellert 5 years ago from home

Kitty,

ghosts are everwhere-it just proves / supports people wanting to just hang on to their life on earth or as in the case of Akhenaten's punishment some are cursed to roam the egyptian dessert for eternity. my theory is only those who realize their bad deeds are doomed to roam

those who don't go straight to hades- those who repent or are essenyially good-hread "to the penthouse".

I do not hear many accounts of truly evil peoples ghosts if you do I think they the people have seen the error in their ways and must atone for it by wandering about-

Some do not go quietly and become angry spirits/poltergeists...

TH


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

carolinemd21 - Egypt is one of those places that fascinates everyone, I believe. :)


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carolinemd21 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

Very interesting hub Kitty. I loved it. Egypt is so fascinating.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Awww, thanks Seeker7! You're wonderful, as always. :) I really would love to see an Egyptian ghost, if I could admit that. And you're right, their religion and beliefs played a HUGE part in their everyday lives...at least from what we've come to learn through history. Thanks for reading!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Another wonderful hub Kitty! I think to see any of the ancient Egyptians in ghost form would be an awesome sight indeed! The energy that surrounds many of the tombs, pyramids etc. must be awesome, really because the Egyptians lived their religion and even every day life was focused on the gods, the afterlife and so on. Perhaps all this 'energy' does allow for many manifestations of the spiritual kind??? Voted up.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

CyclingFitness - I agree! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Dolores - I thought the same thing. A pharaoh's ghost might be a pretty cool site! Thanks for reading.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

As much as I would not care to see a ghost, the spectral pharaoh sounds like an incredible thing, so beautiful!


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CyclingFitness 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

Fantastic article as always. With so many mummies and tombs it's no wonder there's a lot of paranormal activity in Egypt.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

DzyMsLizzy - I honestly didn't know that the Egyptians sacrificed human beings. But I guess that would make sense. I agree with you though about places that have experienced violent deaths are sure to have ghosts or residual energies around. Thanks!

tree57 - Thanks for sharing although I'm confused as to why you say you are "one of the scriptures"?


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tree57 5 years ago from Indiana;

Hi kitty; Egypt is always coming through me,I do automatic writings and Iam also gifted;cosmic medium,and the things that come out about the hieroglyphics;the monument etc;etc;for it saids I was one of the scriptures;if you find it hard to believe follow my hub and check it out!


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

I'll bet it has ghosts in spades...as well as the Aztec regions, and anywhere else that brutal murders were practiced in the name of "sacrifice to the gods." Violent death often produces ghosts....


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Thanks, SJ! I soooo wish I could go...but the heat does sound unbearable. Where did you visit while you were there?


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ahostagesituation 5 years ago

Great, Kitty! This one took me back there. All I can remember is the heat being so bad I could've easily hallucinated any number of apparitions...and I would've gladly entertained one for a gatorade. Great writing and information as always...:-).

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