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Did King Tut REALLY look this WEIRD?

Did King Tut REALLY look this WEIRD?
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I'm sure you've all heard the story of the boy pharaoh, King Tutankhamun or "King Tut" as he's more famously known. His tomb was discovered in 1922 in the Egypt's famous Valley of the Kings, and is the youngest mummified pharaoh found to date.

Many researchers speculated that King Tut was an avid chariot racer, and his untimely death was the result of a fatal accident during a race. Others thought that maybe he had contracted an illness from a mosquito bite.

There were also paintings in the boy king's tomb that weren't consistent with any other burial. And when the sarcophagus was opened to reveal the mummy himself, there were more anomalies that had never been observed.

But the real mystery surrounding the boy is why he died so young, and how. Now, over 90 years later, with over 2,000 computer scans performed, a digital autopsy has finally revealed the fate of the mysterious King Tut.

DNA scans and research have shown that King Tut's mother and father were also brother and sister, which lead to crippling deformities. King Tut had buck teeth, a club foot, and surprisingly, feminine hips that are completely inconsistent with any artwork or representations of the boy king.

You can see a comparison of the burial sarcophagus and a 3-D rendering of what King Tutankhamun would have looked like before he died at the young age of 19.

king tut side by side

Not quite the perfect selfie, is it? You can see the full body rendering of King Tut below.

king tut full body render

As you can probably guess, King Tut was in no shape to race chariots. In fact, he was only able to get around with the aid of a walking stick. There were over 130 found in his burial chamber.

But what caused the death of the young king?

It is now known that Akhenaten, dubbed the Heretic King, was the father of Tut. Akhenaten was the orchestrator of a religious revolt that tried to overthrow the Egyptian pantheon in favor of a singular sun god, Aten, who was represented as a disk in the artwork that chronicled Akhenaten's reign.

King Tut was ascending to the throne during this tumultuous period, during which time his leg was broken. Researchers believe that Tutankhamun died from complications from the fracture, and possibly in addition to the malaria that was detected in his system.

The mummification process involved covering King Tut's skin in a black liquid that mirrored the skin of the god Osiris, and removing the heart from the mummy. Religious texts depict Osiris's heart being removed by his brother Seth.

The decision was also made to embalm King Tut's, ahem, "kingly member" at a 90-degree angle to mimic the ritual offerings of fertility "corn mummies." King Tut is the only mummy to be found with these strange differences in the mummification process.

The Egyptologists that have studied King Tut believe that the strange embalming techniques were done to scare religious dissenters into believing that King Tut was really the god Osiris. Even paintings done in and around the tomb depicted the young king as the god of the Egyptian underworld.

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Source: Daily Mail
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