March 13, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — I have been contacted in several occasions by individuals of Nilotic descent especially the Nuer and Dinka asking my humble opinion regarding the status of King Tut. The perception is that King Tut of Egypt could be a Nuer. I have been to Egyptian Museum several times and photograph King Tut’s mummified body. Here is my humble opinion regarding his status.
The boy king ascended into the throne at the age of 10, and 9 years later, he died mysteriously. He took power from his father at around 1361 BCE. There was speculation that he was murdered. Medical examination of his mummified remains shows that he did not die of a disease. It was believed that by the era of Moses in the Bible, King Tut had been dead for a hundred years before. The king was 1.70 metres tall and had long hair and he was one of the black Pharaohs that were counted among the Cushite kings that ruled in Egypt.
The Nuer refers to him as King Tut and the archaeologists, historians and researchers knows him as Tutankhamen. Tutankhamen considered himself as a living image of Amen and this happened at the time when he took the throne, he changed his name to Amen. Amen was the black god of the Sudan and Egypt and it was adapted by the Egyptians who later ended their prayers with Amen. Christians through Hebrews appropriated used the title of Amen at the close of their petitions.
It was not clear when and where he was born and even the identity of his father. At the temple of Osiri in Abydos where scarab was found, it was learnt that his mother was called Merit-Ra. Tutankhamen considered himself as the son of Amenhotep III and it was possible that he could been the son of one of the concubines of the Pharaoh. This could explain the reason he called him, father. In actual sense, there is no proof that could indicate that Amenhotep III could be the father to Tutankhamen. The inscription of the red granite lion that was in British Museum (No. 431), Tutankhamen stated that his father was the king of the South and north and Lord of Two Lands and this could refer to Amenhotep. Amenhotep IV was the name given to his father before taking over leadership and when he got leadership, he was called Akhenaten also spelled as Akhenaton which means beneficial to Aten. He may have used the word father on Amenhotep as a synonym of predecessor.
It may not mean a biological father for that sense. He had more connection to the people in the south of Egypt what most writers referred to as Nubians in ancient time. He became the king of Egypt by virtue because he married a princess Anksen-paaten who was the third daughter of Amenhotep IV. There is a possibility that he got rid of his immediate predecessor Smenkhkara or Seaakara who married the elder daughter, Meritaten of Amenhoptep IV to take over the throne.
After the death of the young king, his wife asked for a Syrian king to send his son to take over the kingdom in Egypt. She stated that ‘my husband is dead, and I am told that you have a grown-up son. Send me one of them, and I will make him my husband, and he shall be king over Egypt’. By then, there was no royal heir to the throne, and this is why the wife requested a swift dispatch of the Hittite prince to come and take over. The same call by the wife could be read in a script that was found in the tomb, and it was assumed that it may not have happened that the king of Assyria sent a son. It may have been too late to send someone.
His tomb indicated that there was a certain tribe in Sudan and Syria who used to pay him tribute. It was also clear that his mother-in-law is from Asia (Syria), and his grandparents could be from Sudan, and that’s why these two communities came and paid him their respects. The intermarriages between Asians and the ancient Egyptians had been constant as was seen in previous chapters; it led to the occupation of Egypt.
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