Essay on Tutankhamun and Ancient Egyptian Gods

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The ancient human remains of the Boy King, Tutankhamun, were found inside tomb KV62, which was hidden in the Valley of the Kings, Egypt. There were more than 5000 artifacts buried with him, such as dismantled chariots, clothes, Sarcophagus, jewels and representations of the Ancient Egyptian gods. All of these items can be dated back to the years of Tutankhamuns reign, which was approximately 1336 BC - 1327 BC, however, it is impossible to know the exact quantity of antiquities, as his tomb was robbed at least twice, within the first hundred years of his death.
There were many events and rumors aroused surrounding the discovery of the boy kings body. The discovery caused a media frenzy world-wide, as his tomb was still largely intact and had alluded grave robbers for nearly 3000 years, and Egypt became a popular tourist destination. In the weeks that followed, Lord Carnavon, founder of the tomb, died from an infected mosquito bite. This resurfaced and popularized the idea of the Mummy’s curse. Within a year, 6 of the 26 members who were present when Cater opened the tomb, died.
Like all Egyptian Pharaohs, Tutankhamuns body was preserved through the mummification process. He had all of his internal organs, except for his heart, removed and placed in Canopic Jars. His body was treated with natron, which is a mix of chemical compounds made up of sodium. The natron dried out the fluids in his body which eliminated moisture and prevented it from decaying. He his body was then wrapped in bandages and oiled. The oil stuck to his body to his coffin which made it extremely difficult for anybody to remove his body.
The body of the boy king gives him an estimated height of 1.8 m and it is accepted by many scientists and Egyptologists that he had a dark skin tone. Little is known about Tutankhamuns early life however it can be assumed he enjoyed board games, as there were, 4 board games buried with him. Many statues depict the boy king as having an oddly shaped head and a feminized body which include breasts; however, it is unknown if the portrayal of Tutankhumun was the style of art at the time or if he suffered an inherited generic defect. His clothing, which were found buried with him, include tunics, gloves, scarves, headdresses, walking sticks made from gold and ivory. These expensive items can be used to prove his high rankings within his society.
It is a widely known fact that King Tut’s assumed father, Akhenaten, abolished the idea of having many gods, however, during the short-lived years of King Tut’s reign, he restored polytheism. The wall paintings and objects inside his tomb reveal his society’s religious beliefs and customs, which often show the Ancient Egyptian Gods such as, Nut, Isis, Horus, Osiris and Anubis. For example, the Southern wall of King Tut’s burial chamber depicts the scene where he is in the…