Legend of Timur's curse
There is a legend about the curse of Tamerlane. It says that the Great Patriotic War was the result of the opening by Soviet archaeologists of the tomb of the medieval Turkic commander and conqueror Tamerlane in Samarkand. It happened in June 1941. Is there a connection between these events? And was there really a curse of Tamerlane?
On March 21, 1941, Stalin got the letter from the cultural commissariat asking for permission to excavate at the Gur-Emir mausoleum in Samarkand, where, according to historians, the remains of the great commander of antiquity rested.
Having received permission, the expedition flew to Samarkand. And already on June 1, in the morning, scientists began excavating.
On June 5, the first burial was opened. Presumably, it was the grave of Ulugbek - the great astronomer and at the same time grandson of Tamerlane. It is known from history that the enraged guardians of the Islamic faith executed Ulugbek, cutting off his head.
When archaeologists lifted the lid of the coffin, they saw a half-rotten human skeleton, next to which a skull was. All doubts have disappeared: this was indeed the grave of an astronomer.
Finally the day of the opening of the tomb of Tamerlane came. It was June 21. On this day, work began as never before - from seven in the morning. Soon a plate was discovered on which archaeologists read a strange message.
It began by listing the 16 names of Tamerlane. Then the text followed: “We are all mortals. The time will come, and we will all leave ... " The inscription ended with a terrible warning: "If anyone disturbs the ashes of ancestors, let him suffer punishment."
All those present at the word “punishment” were seized with mystical horror. They recalled the warning of the Sufi sages, who foretold to those who would disturb the dust of the great commander, innumerable troubles. They even wanted to suspend work. But the whole world was already talking about the expedition, and Stalin was particularly interested in its results.
Although the opening of the tomb was prepared very carefully, the work did not work out: the winch broke. And the workers began to complain of dizziness and a feeling of internal alarm.
The attempt to repair the winch did not lead to anything, and the heavy slab had to be moved manually. Finally, as a result of long and intense efforts, a black hole opened. But in it, instead of the expected ashes of Timur, there was ordinary land.
This was followed by a dialogue with local old-timers, during which one of the old men presented an old folio. It said: “You must not touch the ashes of the great commander. Otherwise, the war will begin”.
Despite a convincing argument, after a break, excavations continued. Finally, clearing the sand, archaeologists saw three plates. When they were moved, the coffin lid opened. It was 2 p.m. It was at this time that all the lamps in the tomb suddenly went out. The audience was again in alarm.
After an hour and a half, the light in the tomb appeared again. And then they opened the coffin lid. There were the remains of a man whose height was no less than 185-190 cm. There were few doubts at that moment that it was the ashes of Tamerlane. The last doubts were dispelled by the damaged patella. Because of this wound, Timur the rest of his life fell on his left foot.
But on this a strange chain of mysterious events related to the crypt of Tamerlane did not end. It just so happened that in 1942, Kayumov, already a front-line cameraman, accidentally found himself near Zhukov’s headquarters. He decided to seize the opportunity and report to the marshal about what happened in Samarkand.
Having learned from Zhukov the truth about what happened in Samarkand on the eve of the war, about Tamerlane’s prophecy and a strange book predicting misfortune, Stalin behaved very inadequately to his character: he didn’t laugh at Zhukov, but took everything very seriously, immediately called Yusupov and ordered to bury the remains of Timur again.
On December 20, just before the battle near Stalingrad, the remains of Timur and his associates were buried.
As soon as Tamerlane’s ashes returned to their place, the situation at the front changed. By mystical coincidence or for some other reason, but on December 21 the first encouraging reports arrived from Stalingrad.
It’s hard to say what is true in this story, what are the inventions of idle journalists or what are just legends. For example, many are embarrassed by the episode of the three elders and their mysterious book, in which the prophecy was allegedly recorded. It would seem fantastic. But, as knowledgeable people say, such a book does exist, but only the person who is able to stop the disaster can read it by the will of higher powers.