Sunday, December 5, 2010

King Tut: Death by Hippo?


Throughout the years, scientists have been completely puzzled by the exact death of King Tut. Many researchers have provided different theories as to why and what killed King Tut such as a coup de e'tat, gangrene, or a genetic disorder that took him at an early age. However, Egytology professor, Dr. Benson Harer, has laid out another theory on the table: a hippo death. Dr. Harer, concludes that King Tut was inflicted by a lethal hippo bite. Evidence of severed ribs, and his missing chest cavity and heart tipped off Harer. Usually, leaders as prestigious as King Tut would have his heart and chest inside of him during the embalming process which followed the strict mummification code, but Tut did not. Dr. Benson even says that King Tut's priests did not tell the public of his actual death to not let the people lose faith in the hierarchy. The Hippo was a praised deity and portrayed gods and goddesses from above. This type of "death by hippo" would force the people to think that the King was unfit for the throne and the gods despised him, leading to a panicked society.
Although Benson's idea maybe completely outrageous, death by hippos in Africa today are seen everywhere. Hunting for hippos was a highly accepted hunt for King Tut as well as people today which is why it may not seem like such an anomally for King Tut to have been killed by a hippo.
Michelle T Period 7

10 comments:

r.u.alex said...

That is the coolest theory I've ever seen. If i were king tut i would feel honored to die by hippo attack. This story made me laugh as well as being informing, and it really shows that anything is possible. I like how you wrapped up the story at the end with how hippo attacks are still being seen in africa. This was a fun story to read.
Alex C. Period 3

Brandon said...

This is an extremely interesting article. It is fascinating to read about King Tut, and the new speculation about his death. Dr. Harer's conclusion that Tut died from a hippo bite seems very logical and probable due to the unusual condition of his remains. The mystery of Tut's death, and the ensuing concealment of its details by his priests make the event all the more intriguing.

Brandon Y.

tyler said...

This is very surprising. I understand why no one knew for this long of a time, but getting killed by a hippo is one of the more least likely way someone would have suspected him to die.

Taylor said...

It's sad to think that Queen Hapshepsut's body was mangled very badly because of her position in ruling Eygpt, but it is very interesting that scientists were able to find her body through scanning corpses.

Delaney said...

It seems so strange that such a revered and remembered king like King Tut would die so young, and by a hippo nonetheless would be far fetched. But the evidence is interesting and it looks to be a plausible death for the young king. I also liked how the public was referenced as to their response to a death by hippo and how that would create havoc.

melanie_mabry said...

This article really caught my attention because death by hippo is not something commonly heard of. However, the evidence this article provides makes the conclusion of King Tut's death by lethal hippo bite seem quite reasonable.

Emily said...

Wow this is such an interesting theory! It seems strange that a King would be killed in this way, but it seems very possible given the evidence that has been found.

Ryan Videll said...

I found this article to be very interesting to say the least. Never would I have guesed that King Tut was killed by a lethal hippo bite. This gets me to wonder if any other famous people died to causes like this one. Great job!

Mason said...

This is a strange yet fascinating article. Although no one in a history class today would think King Tut died from a hippo bite, with this evidence, such as the severed ribs and missing chest cavity, it seems that is may actually be possible.
Mason G. Period 7

Mason said...

This is a strange yet fascinating article. Although no one in a history class today would think King Tut died from a hippo bite, with this evidence, such as the severed ribs and missing chest cavity, it seems that is may actually be possible.
Mason G. Period 7