The Cursed Tomb Of Taimur And How Stalin Regretted Messing with It.

Of course, by this point, everyone seems to know everything there is to know about Taimur – or at least they think they do. However, there are many unknown facts about the Mongol king. One of them is the well-known Taimur curse.

Taimur, who had built an empire that stretched all the way to Turkey and Iran in the west, turned east to invade China in 1405, but he died on the way. His body was embalmed and returned to his capital, Samarkand, where it was ceremonially buried. However, the precise location of his tomb has been lost over the centuries.

In 1941, Joseph Stalin dispatched the eminent Russian anthropologist Mikhail Gerasimov to exhume Taimur’s body for scientific study and to create a replica of what he looked like in real life based on the contours of his skull. When the people of Samarkand learned of the Russian plan, they were terrified, and warned Gerasimov’s team of anthropologists that Taimur’s grave was cursed. Of course, Russian anthropologists dismissed this as superstitious nonsense.

The Tomb of Temur

Based on historical clues, anthropologists finally located Taimur’s grave on June 19, 1941, and broke it open and exhumed his body, which still smelled of the exotic fragrant oils he had been embalmed with four centuries before.

When the anthropologists opened the grave, they discovered a strange curse inscribed inside. The curse was roughly translated as follows:

“Whomsoever opens my tomb shall unleash an invade even more terrible than myself.”

The anthropologists, naturally dismissing the curse as more medieval superstition, removed Taimur’s body and returned it to Moscow for further study.

The Renowned Anthropologist, Mikhail Gerasimov

Three days later, on June 22, 1941, Hitler launched a surprise attack on Russia, launching an unprecedentedly bloody invasion that would claim the lives of an estimated 30 million Russians.

As the Germans advanced unabated, Gerasimov reportedly became concerned about what they may have unintentionally unleashed by exhuming Taimur’s body, and he attempted to communicate with Stalin.

Finally, in the winter of 1942, he was able to contact Stalin, and Stalin, himself a deeply superstitious man, arranged for a special aircraft to fly Taimur’s body back to Samarkand, where they decided to bury it reverently.

As a result, Taimur’s body was reburied in November 1942, and the tomb was meticulously re-sealed. As it happened, the tide of the German invasion abruptly turned when the Russians snatched a victory at the Battle of Stalingrad. (According to one legend, the aircraft transporting Taimur’s remains from Moscow to Samarkand purposefully detoured over Stalingrad on the way.

The Tomb Of Temur today, it is an important tourist attraction.

Today, Taimur’s tomb — the Gur-i-Amir — has been extensively restored and is a popular tourist attraction in Samarkand.

How about the so-called Taimur curse?

Was it genuine? Or, like the Pyramid curse, was it simply a series of strange coincidences combined with overactive human imaginations?

It is ultimately up to you to make that decision.

But it’s worth remembering that an eminent scientist like Mikhail Gerasimov, after dismissing talk of the curse as superstitious nonsense, eventually decided that it might be prudent not to mess around with the unknown, and quietly re-bury Taimur, complete with all the necessary rituals and rites.

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