The mysteries of Ancient Egypt always fascinate and have provided the basis of countless horror stories and films. This is a fascinating book on a fascinating set of topics, recommended. http://reviews.firetrench.com http://brn.firetrench.com http://nthn.firetrench.com
NAME: The Curse of the Pharaoh's Tombs, Tales of the unexpected since the days of Tutankhamun FILE: R2434 AUTHOR: Paul Harrison PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 144 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Egyptology, archaeology, tombs, curses, afterlife, beliefs, superstition, mummification, Egyptian gods, strange deaths, Anubis ISBN: 1-78159-366-3 IMAGE: B2434.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/jyx83db LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The mysteries of Ancient Egypt always fascinate and have provided the basis of countless horror stories and films. This is a fascinating book on a fascinating set of topics, recommended. The publisher has been building an impressive list of titles about archaeology. This new book fits well into the list and will appeal to a wide readership. It seems that the appetite for books about mummies and curses is insatiable. The author has written widely, some 36 published works already, on mysteries. Here he looks at the curse of Pharaoh's Tombs and includes a number of related mysteries, including the curse of the Czar's ring. It is difficult to fully understand the beliefs of Ancient Egypt because it was a very different world from that we occupy. Many mysteries that perplexed and terrorized our ancestors are easily explained away today and this has been leading to an increasingly secular world. In Ancient Egypt, as with other ancient cultures, there were so many mysteries that could only be explained by superstition. The community of gods that were daily invoked in the face of famine, flood, or other disaster, or to produce good harvests and victory in battle, created the basis for belief in an afterlife that current existence was only a preparation for. Pharaohs devoted time and great resources to preparing their tombs to ensure that they would go into the afterlife well-equipped. Inevitably, that meant that the tombs would become the target for thieves, leading to the treasures being ransacked and the Pharaoh's expectations destroyed. Great ingenuity went into hiding some tombs and in generally adding devices to frustrate thieves. Posting a blood- curdling curse at the entrance to a tomb was considered a simple but effective method of discouraging thieves, but although some tombs carried curses, others did not the author has looked at this and provided fresh insight with new research. There are tales of tomb raiders who suffered from curses, but much of the focus on the Pharaohs' curses has grown up on the back of discoveries during the last 150 years as archaeologists have searched and found forgotten tombs in Egypt. As the supernatural will always hold an interest for humans, there will continue to be belief in some of the old tales and the telling of new. Equally, there will be fresh explanations for some events blamed historically on curses. Egypt can be an unfriendly place with poisonous insects and reptiles. Tombs can also hold hidden dangers as bacteria lurk in tombs and a simple scratch can lead to infection that can prove fatal if not quickly treated. Then there are coincidences that develop into new lurid tales of curses, and ancient beliefs in the undead that are dusted down and modernized to create new horror stories. The reader will find many explanations that cast new light on the subject. Some will choose to accept the author's well presented conclusion, others may not, but all will find this book absorbing.