Ever heard about the curse of the pharaohs? Well, how about the curse of a 2,500-year-old chief of a nomadic Scythian tribe that brings about floods, droughts, livestock decimation and high atmospheric pressure?
Though the curse of the pharaohs has repeatedly been debunked as myth, the Scythian curse is very real, say locals in a remote area of eastern Kazakhstan where the chieftain’s remains were discovered – and where they will be reinterred this weekend to appease his spirit, to the chagrin of archeologists.
A spate of unfortunate incidents has been linked to the excavation of the mound – a clear case superstitious correlation (not causation) as the locals have had to deal with “floods, a drought, a mass loss of livestock and an increase in births of children with learning disabilities,’ notes the local news – all incidents which have multiple and various natural causes.
Archaeologists are giving into the superstition and reburying the Golden Man. The article notes this is not the first time they have done that.
Last year, residents in the town of Karabulak sacrificed a white camel to stop a “suicide epidemic” allegedly instigated by the devil.
What should the local government do when faced with a superstitious population that would rather concede to magical supernatural causes rather than face up to genuine, complicated and hard to solve real-world problems? Well, they might stop giving in for starters and consider that some better relations with the locals may be necessary. This is a shame that it will no longer be displayed. It’s spectacular.
Check out this related story about the unacceptability of archaeological finds from last year.
Tip: Eve Siebert