Egyptian tomb defaced
The graffiti was etched across the torso of the figure in the sculpture.
May 27th, 2013
07:49 AM ET

Egyptian tomb defaced

Parents of a 15-year-old Chinese tourist have apologized after the teenager defaced a stone sculpture in an ancient Egyptian temple with graffiti.

The act drew ire in both Egypt and China - generating a massive online backlash amongst China's unforgiving netizens.

The vandal carved 'Ding Jinhao was here' in Chinese in the 3,500 year old Luxor Temple.

This was photographed by an embarrassed Chinese traveler and shared on weibo, China's micro-blogging site on May 24.

"The saddest moment in Egypt. I'm so embarrassed that I want to hide myself. I said to the Egyptian tour guide,'I'm really sorry,'" that traveler wrote on the original weibo post.


Filed under: China • Egypt
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  1. Mahatma Coat

    that's ok, the Muslim fundamentalist Govt of Egypt probably don't care, those ancient effigies are haram anyway.
    In the 18th century the Ottoman Turkish army opened cannon fire on the Sphinx in Giza because it showed a human face, considered un-islamic by some standards, in case you ever wondered why the Sphinx has no nose.

    May 27, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Terrance

      Neither Ottoman Turkish troops, nor their often cited Napoleonic equivalents are responsible for the damage to the Great Sphinx due to its use as "target practice". As any proper source will tell you, both of those explanations are early 20th century tales promulgated by European tourists. The damage to the statue was in all likelihood perpetuated by a late 12th century iconoclast named Muhammad Sa'im al-Dahr, who was immediately afterwards hanged for vandalism by local inhabitants.

      May 27, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • rupert

      Rupert was here.

      May 27, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. lulu

    Sorry doesn't cut it.....he's 15 years old and is not a stranger to culture and artifacts, he wasn't born under a rock, he knew these things were precious and did it anyway, I think he should be punished for this action and I don't mean a slap on the wrist or take away his playstation. It's impossible for a 15 yr old NOT to know that such things are not acceptable.

    May 27, 2013 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robin Smethurst

    I was expecting to see some crudely-drawn willy etched on the image of amon-wotsit there....not some inscrutible Chinese scrawlings(could we have a translation please?) – jus' goes to show how much better educated Chinese kids are, eh?

    But as Mahatma Coat pointed out, it's no big deal, 'cos all that idolatorous imagery is haram, and it's only a matter of time before the islamic fundies decide it's more offensive than profitable to keep it there, and blow the cr*p out of it.

    May 27, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Art

    Mahatma Coat,

    What an idiotic remark. Egypt and Turkey spend significant amounts of money preserving their relics.

    May 27, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Leslie

    You would think that this priceless, wonderful, artifact would be enclosed with a glass shield. So really, who's fault is it?

    May 27, 2013 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Keith

    This is truly a sad day for Egypt's worldly known relics. But what I found disturbing as well is the fact that China has surpassed us in tourism expenditures there. Does this not tell us something?

    May 27, 2013 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Janet

    It would be most interesting if this incident would strain diplomatic relationships between China and Egypt; just because of a 15 year old's desire to announce his presence on a 3500 year old relic.

    May 27, 2013 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rascal Rabble

    ...DingBAT Jinhao was here...

    May 27, 2013 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
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