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4 July 2008, JellyBean @ 4:03 am

In 2004, a German man visited Egypt, stole an ancient carving and smuggled it back home to Germany. That’s when the problems began….
Shortly after his return to Germany, the man started suffering from paralysis, nausea, unexplained fevers and finally cancer, which ultimately caused his demise. On his deathbed, the man passed on the artifact to his stepson.

The stepson saw what had happened to his father and believed he had been struck down by the Pharaoh’s Curse as payback for stealing the ancient carving.


Earlier this month, the unidentified man left the carving, along with a note explaining his decision, outside the Egyptian embassy in Berlin. He went on to say that by handing the carving back to the rightful authorities, he hoped to put the spirit of his stepfather to rest.

The Egyptian Embassy has now sent the carving back to Egypt where experts from the Supreme Council of Antiquities are trying to ascertain its authenticity.

The ‘Curse of the Pharaohs’ stems back to the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922. Several members of the discovery team subsequently died under mysterious circumstances and this led to the belief that the tomb had a curse.

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