Tut is the newest three-part mini series from Spike TV, giving us a glimpse into the world of the young Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun and the drama, tragedy, and love that comes along with ruling an entire kingdom.
If you haven't yet seen the trailer, be sure to check it out here:
With a cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Avan Jogia, Sibylla Deen, Nonso Anozie, and Kylie Bunbury, you know this show is going to be insanely captivating.
But how many of you know about the mummies of Egypt and various other countries? Below is a list of real-life mummies from around the world and their phenomenally intriguing stories.
King Tut was discovered in the Valley of the Kings by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. He was crowned ruler at the young age of nine, and died around the age of 17 to 19.
Strangely, King Tutankhamun's penis was mummified erect. I admittedly chuckled when I read this fact, but the serious part of my brain wants to know the reasons behind this and if there was some sort of purpose for wrapping up his tool, if you catch my drift.
2. Princess Ukok
Princess Ukok died in her mid-20s in the Altai Mountains. She was an incredibly capable leader and a highly regarded priestess or perhaps a storyteller.
Clues such as her tattoos, her luxurious tomb, and the three horses that were buried with her shows us that she was of high status. She was unearthed in Russia, with her tattoos still beautifully intact.
3. Andean Mummy Girl
It is speculated that this girl was chosen as a sacrifice. Along with two younger children, this girl was poisoned and then taken to the Andean mountains, where the cold air preserved their bodies.
It boggles my mind how soft her skin still looks after (around) 500 years. Her braided hair, her clothing, and the fact that her body is still hunched over makes me feel she is ready to just open her eyes and wake up from her very long slumber.
4. Windeby Boy
Some speculate this young boy found in northern Germany was used as a ritual sacrifice from the ancient people of the time. The piles of logs and branches must have been used to keep him held down while he was killed.
It is unbelievable to think that the low temperatures, absence of oxygen, and the acidic water has preserved the skin, bone, and even the internal organs of this mysterious boy.
5. Tollund Man
Discovered on the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark, the Tollund Boy was discovered in 1950 and it is guessed he died by a hanging. His body and face were preserved so well, you can even see the lines of his leather cap on his face.
ICultured seeds and grains were found in his stomach, which he must have eaten 12 to 24 hours before he died. Due to the fact that the contents in his meal are so rare, it is suggested that he was fed these foods specifically for the purpose of a significant sacrifice.
I am incredibly fascinated by how well-preserved these incredibly ancient bodies are. I feel that instead of looking dead, they appear to look more like they are asleep and ready to wake up at any given second.
I wouldn't mind seeing the Andean Girl or King Tut as a mummy brought back to life!