Tuesday 16 January 2018

Mummy mystery

• In the continuing discussions about the final resting place of the "UCC Mummy" (Irish Independent, December 10), a little-known legend has yet to raise its eerie head. The mummy was acquired by UCC in the 1800s. Although there is some conjecture over its provenance, it is reckoned to be the body of Osiris Pa-Khnum, a nobleman who lived in Egypt around 300BC.

However, it's not the only mummy with a Cork connection. In 1912, another mummy, Princess Amen-Ra, passed close to the resting place of Osiris, when the boat she was being transported on stopped at the port of Cobh.

Princess Amen-Ra was an ancestor of Osiris, so perhaps the close proximity of his relative stirred something in the spirit of Osiris. Whatever the case, some three days later, Princess Amen-Ra joined 1,502 of her fellow passengers on the bottom of the North Atlantic. Another case of the curse of the Mummy perhaps?

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