Thursday, 10 November 2011

Black magic and the curse of Tutankhamun

The death of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon following the discovery tomb of Tutankhamun sent the international media went wild with stories of a 'curse'. Other deaths were also put down as retribution for disturbing the royal resting place.

All nonsense, of course. But now the author of a new book says five of these deaths, plus another one not previously associated with the curse were the work of Aleister Crowley, the notorious occultist and free-love guru who was described by one contemporary magazine as “the wickedest man in the world”.

“A series of deaths took place in the Twenties and Thirties in London that were attributed by the tabloid press at the time to the curse of Tutankhamun,” says Mark Beynon, author of London’s Curse: Murder, Black Magic and Tutankhamun. “My argument is that they were masterminded by Crowley, who had built a whole religion around Ancient Egypt and would have found the opening of the tomb a desecration.

“Five of the six killings actually formed a pentagram over the West End with its heart at Charing Cross, which Crowley considered to be the dead centre of London.” He says this mirrors the geometric pattern of the Jack the Ripper murders four decades earlier, with which the public-school-educated Crowley was obsessed.

For more see The Daily Express

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