People of the olden days had unshakable beliefs when it came to witchcraft and curses. Several objects have surfaced over the centuries that are cursed and dangerous. Yes, the objects I am referring to bring bad luck or death in a person’s life. Hence, they are kept safely in a museum and are forbidden to touch.
I have accumulated ten fascinating artefacts that are cursed and have a strange and haunting history. Let’s have a look at them, shall we?
1. Maori Warrior Masks:
The Maori people used to reside in New Zealand. They were quite popular for carving facial masks before battles. It is believed that any man who passed during the fight would leave his soul behind. All in all, the Maori masks were used to preserve a person’s soul. Experts have found various Maori masks that once belonged to the noble warriors. The Maori masks, in general, are believed to be cursed. The curse itself does not pose any danger to men. However, women who are menstruating or pregnant should avoid touching or donning them as they cause harm and bring bad luck. This particular warning was taken rather seriously by a British museum who posted signs about the curse to warn women.
2. The Crying Boy:
The painting of the crying boy became extremely popular back in the olden days. The painting was replicated multiple times as quite a few people purchased it for their homes. During the 1980s, numerous house fires would occur in houses with this painting. While the home would be destroyed, it was often found that these paintings were left unharmed, causing several people to believe that hanging it invites fires and destruction. It was, later on, discovered that this particular picture was of an orphaned boy whose house had burned down in a fire.
3. The Uluru Rocks of Australia:
Numerous tourists and nature enthusiasts visit Uluru every year. It is a strange rock formation found in the Australian outback. It is, however, illegal to bring rocks out of the country, but multiple people do it. They generally take a small piece from the Uluru formation. It is believed that separating a part of Uluru from the whole causes misfortune, mainly because it is located on the sacred ground. The strangest part is that quite a lot of people mail back the rocks with apology letters. They bring bad luck to the person who takes them.
4. The Basano Vase:
The Basano Vase of the 15th century is considered one of the most mysterious objects, mainly because it has a note inside it that says “Beware, this vase brings death.” The man who discovered it discarded the note and sold it regardless. It was initially purchased by a pharmacist who died in about three months. The next owner was a surgeon who died two months later. The Italian police ultimately confiscated and buried it in a box at some undisclosed location.
5. Woman of the Lemb Statue:
The said statue is also known as the “Goddess of Death”. This statue was initially discovered in 1878 and has been involved in the death of multiple people. Lord Elphont, the first owner, died along with his family within six years. Ivor Manucci, the next owner, died along with his family within four years of receiving this statue. Lord Thompson-noel, the following owner, also died with his family. The statue was ultimately donated to the Royal Scottish Museum.
6. The Hope Diamond:
The said diamond surfaced about 1.1 billion years ago. This particular gem is estimated to be worth $200-250 million. The hope diamond has travelled the world and now resides in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Certain people claim that it’s cursed. As per various tales, the great misfortune and misery will befall any who dares to wear the 45.52-carat diamond. Victims of the diamond have experienced disgrace, divorce, death, captivity, torture, financial ruin, lynching, or decapitation.
7. The Hands Resist Him Painting
Another fascinating yet haunting tale surrounds this painting of a young boy and a female doll standing before a glass window. “The Hands Resist Him” belonged to actor John Marley before ending up on eBay in 2000. The seller claimed that it was cursed. He also mentioned that it was found abandoned behind an old winery. He stated that he took it home, but his younger daughter claimed that the figures in the painting moved at night.
8. The curse of Ötzi:
There’s a cursed mummy called Ötzi. The mummy was initially discovered in September 1991, in the Ötztal Alps in Italy. Ötzi is a mummy of a man who is believed to have lived around 3,300 BCE. A glacier surrounded him after he died of exposure and preserved his body. Once his remnants were unearthed, rumours of a curse surfaced. The people who dug him out died in violent accidents. Over seven deaths have been linked with Ötzi, including forensic pathologist Rainer Henn who was killed in a car accident en route to give a speech about the Iceman.
9. The Busby Stoop Chair:
As per the tales, Thomas Busby murdered his father-in-law, Daniel Auty, in 1702. He was ultimately punished and executed by hanging at a crossroads near a small inn. The tale also claims that the chair that looked on to the site of his execution carries a curse. The person who sits upon it dies an unfortunate death.
10. Ring of Silvianus:
It is believed that the ring of Silvianus can only be worn by a gloved thumb. After being unearthed, the ring pointed to a mysterious history. Multiple roman tablets containing the references to the ring were found. One of the tablets claims that anyone who dares to don this ring will eventually find himself in difficulty and pain.
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