Tutrrific - The Life of the Boy King

Fellow Historians! Ever wondered what it would be like if ancient Pharaohs of Egypt used Instagram! Well, we thought we would give you a glimpse of King Tut’s Instagram! Pharaoh Tutankhamun Nebkheperure, more popularly known as King Tut, was the boy King who is regarded as the symbol of restoration in ancient Egypt. During his 9-year reign from 1332 to 1323 B.C.E, he became popular for reviving polytheism in Egypt after his father (or half-brother, historians are not really sure) forced Egyptians to pray only to a single deity, Aten, the Sun Disk. The story goes that King Tut creates his own Instagram account on his 7th birthday! As a young boy, he finds joy and even solace in documenting important events during his years and updates his ‘good people of Egypt’ on what happens within the kingdom. Occasionally, he shares his happiness and sorrows with them. As historians, we are fascinated by the documented details of the Egyptian life ranging from festivals and funerals. King Tut dictates all of these through his eyes and opinions giving you an insider’s view of Ancient Egypt!

Follow King Tut on his Instagram account ‘tutrrific’ and discover ancient Egyptians way of living through the eyes of a royal. Understand the difficulties he faced being the son of a tyrant Pharaoh and his thoughts and emotions when he becomes a very young Pharaoh himself. Follow, like and even leave comments on his posts! Who knows, he might even reawaken from the dead to reply you!

DISCLAIMER: While the events and time periods are factual, the writing in these posts are fictional and are meant for entertainment as well. Feel free to check out the sources to learn more about the events discussed in each post with the summaries of each post given below!

Link to King Tut's Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/tutrrific/

Post 1: Tutankhaten’s first post as a 7 year old boy, talking about celebrating his birthday and sharing his thoughts about worshiping gods (which will later be part of one of the milestones in his life)

Post 2: Tutankhaten describes the destruction his father Akhenaten has brought upon religious sites in Egypt, as he orders everyone to worship the sun god Aten

Post 3: Akhenaten dies and  Tutankhaten describes his funeral as well as ancient Egyptian funereal practices. Young Tutankhamen also reveals the new successor of the Egypt who seems very suspicious. 

Post 4: Tutankhaten marries Ankhesenamun, who was his half-sister. His post looks at the time he has known her and how she has changed.

Post 5: Tutankhamun officially becomes Pharaoh. Some time later, he changes his name to Tutankhamun to honour the god Amun. He reflects on what he plans to for Egypt during his reign and even mentions a little about his coronation ceremony.

Post 6: Tutankhamun complains about how much make-up his wife uses. Here he ponders the utility of kohl, the black substance that ancient Egyptians used to line their eyes.

Post 7: Tutankhamun goes about restoring things in Egypt to how they were before Akhenaten’s rule, in both physical structure and traditional practices. He becomes the symbol of “ma’at”, what the Egyptians called “the proper order of things

Post 8: Tutankhamun talks about the festivals and events that Egyptians celebrate in the first month of their calendar, which  includes the birthday of the Sun God and the procession of Osiris

Post 9: King Tut had no heirs as Ankhesenamun gave birth to premature babies that died soon after birth. He reveals his inner sorrow at losing his own flesh and blood

Post 10: Tutankhamun succumbs to illness and dies, leaving his wife to announce his death on his Instagram account. His death was due to a gangrenous leg wound, possibly caused by his fractured leg bone piercing his skin. 

Post 11: The Egyptians believed in an Afterlife and Tutankhamun is updating his Instagram from the tomb to prove it’s existence...and at the same time dispel popular descriptions of what the Afterlife is like.

Post 12: An angry and still very dead Tutankhamun revives his supposedly dead Instagram to vent his anger after finding out Ankhesenamun has married his Grand Vizier Ay, who may, in a disturbing turn of events, be Ankhesenamun’s grandfather.