New research on King Tut’s genitals could point to ancient religious rift

Historians have pored over the remains and mystery of King Tut since the discovery of the long-deceased Egyptian Pharaoh in 1922, and a fresh theory sheds new light on why the ancient ruler was laid to rest in an unusual manner. In unscientific terms, Tut — short for Tutankhamun — was mummified with an erection, something American University in Cairo Egyptologist Salima Ikram now suggests was to let the dead ruler continue a religious campaign against his father.

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