Tutankhamun’s penis was fully ERECT when he was mummified so he would look like a god in afterlife
Archaeologist Howard Carter examining the third mummy-shaped sarcophagus, 1922, vintage photograph/ Getty
The world’s most famous mummy, Tutankhamun, was buried with his penis standing at a 90 degree angle, it has been claimed.
An expert in Egyptology believes the everlasting erection was made to make King Tut look like Osiris, the god of the afterlife.
Why? You ask.
According to Egyptologist Salima Ikram, professor at the American University in Cairo, it was to counter efforts by his father King Akjenaten to establish a religion of one god.
Akhenaten wanted to focus on the worship of Aten, the sun disc, and destroyed images of other gods.
King Tut had, however, worked to reverse his father’s ideology and return Egypt to the traditional worship of many gods.
Professor Ikram believes he was buried with his erect manhood in a bit to continue his endeavour even in death.
She believes the upright penis broke off after the discovery of the tomb, despite speculation that it was stolen.
Professor Ikram told LiveScience: “As far as I know, no other mummy has been found thus far with an erect penis.”