Curse of the pharaohsThe curse of the pharaohs refers to the belief that any person who disturbs the mummy of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh is placed under a curse.
There are occasional instances of curses appearing inside or on the facade of a tomb as in the case of the mastaba of Khentika Ikhekhi of the 6th dynasty at Saqqara. These appear to be more directed towards the ka priests to carefully protect the tomb and preserve ritual purity rather than a warning for potential robbers. Though there had been stories of curses going back to the nineteenth century, they multiplied in the aftermath of Howard Carter’s discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun. There was no actual curse found in the Pharaoh’s tomb. The evidence for such curses relating to King Tutankhamun has been considered to be so meager that it is viewed as “unadulterated clap trap” by Donald B. Redford.