Somebody removed King Tut’s penis

I saw King Tutankhamen’s photograph on the cover of one of the issues of the national geographic society magazine in the early 80s or mid 80s and I really got fascinated by the ancient Egyptian history. In fact I knew about him even before I had heard of Cleopatra.

Image of Tutankhamen

According to this article in Time somebody removed King Tut’s penis in the modern times, after the unwrapping of the mummy in 1922. In 1968 it was declared that the King had been castrated posthumously and with the X-ray the dismembered royal penis was found buried in the sand surrounding the mummy.

The rumor has it that this was done to hide the fact that Tut had a small organ. To what lengths people go to save their national prides.