It is almost too obvious that something grand is going on the Middle East right now. The Arab Spring, or the spring of freedom, has carried over into the winter. And its aftermath shall not even be remotely comprehended before many years have passed.
Many people in the Middle East are superstitious, still relying on faith and prayers for the most part. But maybe they do so for a reason—maybe there is a place for the mysterious in our world after all. And being the cradle of world civilizations, the Middle East has no shortage of mysterious antique artifacts.
Of the Arab Spring, and particularly of the Egyptian revolution, I have a story to share. Mr. Zahi Hawass, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, tell a story about Tutankhamun’s trumpet and its magical powers to “ignite war.” An elite Japanese assemblage visited the Egyptian museum, incidentally located in Tahrir square, and blew the gilded bronze Trumpet of King Tut.
The trumpet was among the items looted from the Egyptian Museum during the January 25, 2011 uprising—and it was mysteriously found a few weeks later. Even more astounding, the Tutankhamun curator at the Cairo Museum claims that the trumpet was played just before the first Gulf war broke out.
It’s all hearsay, you tell me? Well, there was one recorded incident! BBC News reports that shortly after the first time the trumpet was played, World War II broke out.
Does that seem far-fetched? Perhaps, but it may just be an attempt to fathom the incomprehensible.
Do we resort to the mythical to explain the mundane? Absolutely. Humans have always done that, since the dawn of time. The strange thing is, they’re not about to stop now, even though belief in the supernatural is no longer a la mode. We still hang on to myths—and to the premise of a magical world beyond what we see, because in this romanticism may lie our salvation.