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THE CURSE OF ÖTZI THE ICEMAN
"...As research began, a shocking amount of people related to the finding of the famous mummy began to die premature deaths..."
While working on the final draft of my novel—Otzi’s Odyssey, I incurred an injury under my right shoulder blade, causing me sharp pain and restless nights. The significance of this affliction didn’t occur to me until I reread a passage from the novel:
I collapsed to my knees, feeling agonizing pain in my shoulder. I reached across my body with my left arm and touched what appeared to be an arrow lodged deep inside me, and as I did, something sharp sliced into my hand. Before I was able to pull my arm back, I’m kicked flat onto the snow by a heavy foot. It pressed down upon me, pinning my arm and bloody hand under my body. “Your time has come, Bhark,” a voice said and jerked out the arrow from my back.
I soon realized where the arrow struck Otzi was in the exact location of my injury, on my back, directly under my right shoulder. Below is a photo taken by the scientists studying Otzi at the location of the arrowhead discovered during a CT scan.
During my research for my novel, I learned of this supposed curse of Otzi and wondered if my writing has reawakened this five-thousand-year-old soul once again., leaving me to ponder—Have I been cursed?
Below is an article from Ripley’s Believe It or Not on the subject:
High in a remote area of the Ötztal Alps in northern Italy some 5,300 years ago, Ötzi the Iceman was shot in the back with an arrow. Struck in a main artery, he likely bled to death within minutes and was near-perfectly preserved in the ice. Ötzi has become one of the world's oldest and greatest mummy specimens. So well preserved, perhaps, that he is still making his mark on the lives of those trying to tell his story…
The question: Is the Iceman cursed?
Ötzi was first discovered in 1991 and quickly fascinated researchers, archeologists, and scientists. As research began, a shocking amount of people related to the finding of the famous mummy began to die premature deaths—the first: Rainer Henn in 1992. Head of the forensic team examining Ötzi, Henn was one of the first to make close contact with the Iceman — picking up the cadaver with his bare hands to place it in a body bag. Henn died in a car crash on his way to give a lecture about his findings.
This is just the beginning of the alleged curse…
Not long after, Kurt Fritz, the mountaineer who led Henn to Ötzi’s body, died in an avalanche. An experienced climber who knew the area well, Fritz was the only member of his party to be struck.
A few months after Fritz’s passing, the only man granted access to film Otzi’s removal from the mountain, Austrian journalist Rainer Hoelzl, died at age 47 of a brain tumor — only months after releasing an hour-long documentary of the excavation.
But perhaps the creepiest death of all was that of Helmut Simon.
Simon was one of the German tourists who initially found Ötzi in 1991 — he was also found dead, frozen in the ice near the same spot in 2004. He had fallen to his death during a freak blizzard. Within an hour of Simon’s funeral, Dieter Warnecke, the head of the mountain rescue team sent to find him, died of a heart attack.
The following year, archeologist Konrad Spindler, who first inspected Ötzi’s remains and publicly scoffed at the curse — declared, “It is all a media hype. The next thing you will be saying, I will be next.” — died of complications from multiple sclerosis.
Lastly, Dr. Tom Loy. Loy carried out a DNA analysis on Ötzi, piecing together the Stone Age story of his death and debunking the theory that he died alone thanks to trace elements of human blood found on his clothes. The discovery was groundbreaking, and Loy was on the cusp of finishing a book about it when he was found dead in his Brisbane home at 63. Loy did not believe in the curse either — taking a scientific approach to a peculiar pattern, much like his colleagues. But at 63, in fair health, and one of seven, it’s fair to raise an eyebrow.
However, the truth is, it’s easy to create patterns when you are looking for them. Many other scientists, journalists, photographers, and others have studied Ötzi and gone on to live entire lives.
Alas, the legend continues, and these days, Ötzi the Iceman rests in a refrigerated room at the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum in Bolzano, Italy. He attracts about 300,000 visitors a year
REVIEW - Ötzi's Odyssey - The Troubled Soul of a Neolithic Iceman is a metaphysical-fantasy thriller. It embraces these genres in a manner that will intrigue and delight readers looking for something refreshingly action-packed, employing a different flavor in timelines that move from modern to prehistoric eras and back again.
Ötzi, the caveman's mummified body, was trapped in ice in 1991. What isn't trapped is his soul, which awakens from its long sleep to find itself in a strange new world.
To uncover answers to many questions about his life and reincarnation, Ötzi journeys from present to past. This brings readers into his perception of caveman conflicts and daily life and the conundrums his journey poses to that world and present-day events.
Imagine waking up to see your frozen body. Neil Perry Gordon paints a vivid picture of Ötzi's awakening:
"While I observed a body half-buried in the glacial ice, I could not reach out and touch it. While I heard the shrieking winds, I could not feel the frigid snow being pushed up into towering drifts. While I shouted my anguish aloud, my words fell silent on the mountainside. If it is true that I existed, then it must be also true that I am not of body."
As he struggles to answer haunting questions of how his soul remains connected to his body and what the purpose of his reincarnation serves, readers follow him on a journey that brings him to Jolly Jane, who joins him and others in this strange state of being half-alive.
Jane was known as a murderess, committing others to death because it "helped her cope." Ötzi sold his soul to the devil in a bargain that landed him in this position. Both find themselves undertaking a journey through tortured souls, guided by a Voice that seems to inject a higher purpose into their conditions and present-day dilemmas.
Gordon's story is thought-provoking, action-packed, and thoroughly unpredictable. Spiritual wisdom and guidance juxtapose nicely with the adventure component to keep readers both entertained and enlightened.
As memories of past life and loved ones are channeled unexpectedly, Ötzi must find the courage to follow his calling through past lives and into a future where he makes better choices. Readers who enjoy more than casual metaphysical inspection, spiced with the thriller components of an adventure through past and present realms, will relish Ötzi's Odyssey. The story is highly recommended for fantasy, spirituality, and thriller collections alike.
~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
BETWEEN TWO GATES
A Young Man’s Quest Towards Birth
TO BE PUBLISHED IN AUGUST 2023
The story unfolds with the tragic demise of Samuel, a young thirty-two man whose life is cut short by a fentanyl-tainted Percocet. From the moment of his passing, his soul embarks on an extraordinary journey, driven by a deep desire to understand the cause behind his tragic end.
Structured in three captivating acts, the first act introduces Samuel as he is greeted by his guiding grandfather in the soul world. Together, they embark on a profound exploration of Samuel's past life, delving into moments of joy and the challenging circumstances that ultimately led to his devastating downfall.
In act two, Samuel's soul family enlists his help to rescue his great-great-grandfather, taken by the soulless creature known as the rasha. Samuel's quest sends him through the treacherous five realms of Gehenna, where he confronts his past misdeeds and undergoes a transformative purification of his soul.
The final act witnesses Samuel's awe-inspiring visits to the seven planetary spheres, where he encounters captivating divine beings. Angels, archangels, and fairies bestow profound insights upon Samuel, unraveling the secrets of the universe and allowing him to reconcile his karmic footprint. Through this enlightening adventure, Samuel gains clarity about his significant life's purpose.
Between Two Gates offers an enchanting exploration of the soul world as Samuel unravels the mysteries of existence and embarks on a transformative spiritual odyssey from death to birth. Readers will reflect upon the intricate tapestry of Samuel's soul life, the redemptive power of karma, and the profound potential for a new life filled with family, friends, and love.
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