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Zahi Hawass: Cleopatra Curse Almost Ended My Life

Fri 17 Jun 2022 | 03:33 PM
Ali Abu Dashish

Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass admitted that he was haunted by Cleopatra's curse while talking about the truth of the so-called “Curse of the Pharaohs”.


“Pure coincidences have nothing to do with reality but such stories have the advantage of being a huge propaganda abroad,” Hawass said during an interview with Moufida Shiha in her TV show “Elsetat” broadcast on Al-Nahar channel.


“Cleopatra's curse haunted me and almost ended my life more than once,” the Egyptologist revealed, recalling a story when he was descending into a well during the search for Cleopatra's tomb, the pulling machine broke down and he got stuck in a depth of more than 20 metres.


“I was praying until they repaired the machine and I finally came out of this well,” Hawass added.


In the same vein, he explained that closing a mummy cemetery for 3,000 years creates types of bacteria that may be fatal at times. Hence, the archaeologist must enjoy immense passion and enthusiasm to enter the cemetery and see what is inside.


Nonetheless, Hawass stressed the necessity to adhere to safety procedures and ventilate the cemetery for at least a full day.


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