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Curse of Timur’s grave. And how Stalin regretted contacting her.

Curse of Timur's grave.  And how Stalin regretted contacting her.

Timur is the name of a Central Asian military leader who lived in the 14th century. Besides the fact that his name is Timur, he is also known as Tamerlane. During his lifetime, he was greatly feared by friends and enemies alike. Because of his brutal tactics of leading his troops to war.

Of course, by this point everyone seems to know everything there is to know about Timur. Or at least they think they know. However, there are many unknown facts about the Mongol king. One of them is the curse of Timur.

Timur, having built an empire that stretched to Turkey and Iran in the west, turned east. To invade China in 1405. But he died along the way.

His body was embalmed and returned to his capital Samarkand. Where it was solemnly buried. However, the exact location of his tomb has been lost over the centuries.

In 1941, Joseph Stalin sent the eminent Russian anthropologist Mikhail Gerasimov to exhume Timur's body for scientific study.  And create an exact copy of how it looked in real life.  Based on the contours of his skull.

In 1941, Joseph Stalin sent the eminent Russian anthropologist Mikhail Gerasimov to exhume Timur’s body for scientific study. And create an exact copy of how it looked in real life. Based on the contours of his skull.

When the people of Samarkand found out about the Russian plan, they were horrified. And they warned a group of anthropologists Gerasimov that Timur’s grave was cursed. Of course, Russian anthropologists dismissed this as superstitious nonsense.

Timur’s grave

Based on historical clues, anthropologists finally discovered Timur’s grave on June 19, 1941. They opened it up and exhumed his body. Which still smelled of the exotic aromatic oils it had been embalmed with four centuries ago.

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

“Anyone who opens my tomb will release the demons of war, even more terrible than me.”

Anthropologists, naturally dismissing the curse as a medieval superstition, seized the body. And they took him to Moscow for further study.

Three days later, on June 22, 1941, Hitler launched a surprise attack on the Soviet Union. By launching an unprecedented bloody invasion that claimed the lives of approximately 30 million Soviet citizens.

As the Germans advanced, Gerasimov reportedly grew restless.  About what they might have unintentionally provoked by exhuming Timur's body.  And he tried to contact Stalin.

As the Germans advanced, Gerasimov reportedly grew restless. About what they might have unintentionally provoked by exhuming Timur’s body. And he tried to contact Stalin.

Finally, in the winter of 1942, he managed to contact Stalin. And Stalin, a deeply superstitious person himself, organized a special plane to bring Timur’s body back to Samarkand. Where they decided to respectfully bury him.

As a result, in November 1942, Timur’s body was reburied, and the tomb was carefully sealed. As it happened, the course of the German invasion changed dramatically. After the Red Army won the Battle of Stalingrad.

According to one legend, the plane carrying the remains of Timur from Moscow to Samarkand deliberately avoided the passage of Stalingrad along the way.

Today, Timur’s tomb – Gur-i-Amir, has been carefully restored. And it is a popular tourist attraction of Samarkand.

Today, Timur's tomb - Gur-i-Amir, has been carefully restored.  And it is a popular tourist attraction of Samarkand.

What about the so-called Curse of Timur?

Was it genuine? Or, like the curse of the pyramid, it was just a series of strange coincidences. Combined with hyperactive human imagination?

Ultimately, it is up to you to make this decision.

But it is worth remembering that such an outstanding scientist as Mikhail Gerasimov brushed off talk of the curse as superstitious nonsense. In the end, I decided that it might be wiser not to mess with the unknown. And quietly rebury Timur, observing all the necessary rituals and rituals.

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