Today’s “man” can be a bit vain. We have entire product lines of bath and body products devoted to men. It’s not uncommon for me to see a guy getting a manicure (and even a pedicure) when I get my nails done. Men’s fashion is just as important to many guys as any woman’s fashion is to gals. However, male vanity, when it comes to the penis at least, started long, long ago.
I’m talking thousands of years ago.
Yup — even good ol’ King Tut cared about how good his penis looked!
According to Egyptologist Salima Ikram, a professor a the American University in Cairo, Tutankhamun was mummified with his penis at an erect, 90-degree angle, so he could look good in the afterlife. Interestingly, this desire to look like the god of the afterlife, Osiris, is contrary to what his father, King Akjenaten, wanted – a religion with just one god – Aten, the sun god.
Regretfully, the erect penis of one of Egypt’s most famous kings was broken off. Ikram believes it was simply lost during excavation. Others believe it was stolen. I’m not sure what someone would want with a mummified penis, but to each their own.
Either way, Ikram confirms that King Tut was the only Egyptian king known to be buried with his penis fully erect. King Tut seems to have taken the “Die young; leave a beautiful corpse” philosophy to the extreme.
Go, King Tut! 🙂