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Cursed objects are generally supposed to have been stolen from their rightful owners or looted from a sanctuary. The Hope Diamond is supposed to bear such a curse, and bring misfortune to its owner. The stories behind why these items are cursed vary, but they usually are said to bring bad luck or to manifest unusual phenomena related to their presence.
According to legend, the fabulous jewel now known as the Hope diamond once decorated the forehead of an Indian idol, from whence it was stolen by a Hindu priest. The poor priest, so the story goes, was captured and tortured for his troubles.
The remarkable gem, said to carry a deadly curse, first surfaced in Europe in 1642, in the possession of the French trader and smuggler Jean Babtiste Tefernier. He reaped a sizeable profit from its sale, but allowed his wastrel son to squander much of the money. Travelling to Indian to recoup his fortune, Tefernier was attacked by a pack of rabid dogs and torn to pieces. (Ouch.)
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond (Mountain of Light) has a mysterious past. The 109-carat gem was once the largest known diamond in the world and has been the cause of violence for the past 5,000 years.
The diamond is believed to bring misfortune to any man who owns it. However, it is supposed to bring good luck to any female owner. Another legend suggests that whoever owns the Koh-i-Noor rules the world. Some have said that the Koh-i-Noor holds some undiscovered secret or power that could lead to world domination, but this is purely a myth. Why? Myths aren’t always false….
The last of our trio of "cursed" diamonds is the Black Orlov. Known as "the Eye of Brahma," this black diamond was discovered in India in the early 1800’s. According to legend and like the first two diamonds, the 195-carat Black Orlov was allegedly found in a Hindu idol at a shrine near Pondicherry, India, where it was stolen by a Hindu monk. This action supposedly summoned a malicious spirit to embrace the Eye and the Eye’s owners.
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Some 34 years ago Peter Tandy, a young curator at the Natural History Museum, happened upon a jewel while working among the great lines of mineral cabinets. From a scientific perspective, the stone was nothing special, though its setting was rather bizarre, bound by a silver ring decorated with astrological symbols and mystical words with two scarab-carved gems attached. It was a typewritten note that accompanied the jewel, an amethyst known as the Delhi Purple Sapphire, that caught Tandy’s eye.
Heron-Allen claimed to have been so disturbed that he had surrounded the amethyst with supposedly protective charms and sealed it inside seven boxes before leaving it to the museum in his will. His letter concluded: “Whoever shall then open it, shall first read out this warning, and then do as he pleases with the jewel. My advice to him or her is to cast it into the sea.” While they were sceptical, Tandy and his colleagues agreed to keep quiet about the curse.
The curse of the Crying Boy Painting. In 1988, a mysterious explosion destroyed the home of the Amos family in Heswall, England. When firemen sifted through the burnt-out shell of the house, they found a framed picture, entitled ‘The Crying Boy’, which was a portrait of an angelic-looking boy with a sorrowful expression and a tear rolling down his cheek. But the picture was not even singed by the blaze.
Not long afterwards in Bradford, there was another blaze, and again a picture of the crying child was found intact among the smouldering ruins.
Devil's Pool near Babinda in Far North Queensland is known in Aboriginal legend as a cursed place. The dangers are held to be geographical, but local tribespeople and Babinda locals generally believe and recount the legend of an Aboriginal woman's curse on the waterhole.
In 2005, the Australia TV program Message Stick gave an account of the Pool through interviews and testimonies of witnesses to investigate the prevalence of deaths to young male travellers over the years. The pools have taken 17 lives since 1959. The local council urges visitors to stay within a designated swimming area to be safe.
The legend arises from the story of a woman who married a respected tribal elder but ran away with a beautiful young man visiting for the event.
The 27 Club, also occasionally known as the Forever 27 Club or Club 27, is a name for a group of influential rock and blues musicians who all died at the age of 27.
The impetus for the club's creation were the deaths of Jones, Hendrix, Joplin and Morrison. Cobain, who died in 1994, was later added by some. With the exception of Joplin, there is controversy surrounding their deaths. According to the book Heavier Than Heaven, when Cobain died, his sister claimed that as a kid he would talk about how he wanted to join the 27 Club.
Let's examine the evidence. Most tragic is the case of George Reeves, the beloved Superman of '50s television who was the victim of a bizarre and unexpected suicide (or was it murder?). More recently we find Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. In 1995, Reeve was paralyzed in a freak equestrian accident which eventually led to his early death, and Kidder, by some sensational accounts, went mad.
Was it the curse? Less well-known is the unfortunate case of the first live-action Superman, Kirk Alyn. The legend goes that after a promising start, Alyn's career spiraled downhill almost immediately after appearing as filmdom's first Superman. His only role of note following this was a brief cameo in Superman: The Movie, some 30 years later. Did playing the Man of Steel make his subsequent career a super-washout? Some claim that Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were cursed with hardships after selling their billion-dollar concept to DC Comics for a mere $130. Does a heinous curse, perhaps associated with man's hubris or unnatural "worship" of false gods known as superheroes befall those who attempt to mock the natural order by playing the role of Superman?Not really. Among all of the actors who have played Superman over the years, (nearly a dozen by my count), only two, Reeves and Reeve, encountered serious misfortune. And it must be said that Christopher Reeve turned his misfortune into an act of heroism that has been an inspiration to millions. This was an unforeseen obstacle that was met with true bravery and grace...
This is a story which describes actual historical events, which really happened.
The "Unlucky Mummy".
This wooden coffin lid is the most popular exhibit in the British Museum, because of the reputation of its original owner of having sunk the Titanic.
The British Museum has repeatedly issued official denials that this coffin lid caused the death of 1500 persons in the Atlantic Ocean.
The British Museum has never satisfactorily explained what ever happened to the mummy that used to be under this coffin lid.
In the first place, this story is not the concoction of some Internet crazed cyber-freak. The story has existed since the day the first survivors of the Titanic arrived ashore. It was told by Frederic Kimber Seward and other surviving passengers.
It’s just the inevitability of chance.Those who take a Jungian view would add synchronicity to coincidence. Here, coincidences become meaningful, as if your own mind is affecting the world about you. In this scenario, if you believe a curse can work, then you make it happen yourself. And then there are the people who just seem to have bad luck. Obstacles rise up before them, and they can form an attitude that they are cursed throughout life. Studies suggest luck is all to do with being able to calculate odds. Is this important to the issue? A calculating mind: Clearly if you can calculate odds better than the average, good luck will seem to cling to you; and equally clearly, if you cannot, then you’ll go through life from one disaster to another. In one sense, this can berelated to an optimistic or pessimistic state of mind.For instance, the optimist tends to walk through life, whilst the pessimist expects to see disaster and so he does. Indeed, pessimism can have an effect if you think you’re cursed. And it is all to do with a feeling of absolute hopelessness. There is a medical term called ‘vegal inhibition.’ This is a state where a sense of hopelessness slowly shuts down the autonomic nervous system. If it goes to the ultimate, death can be the result. A belief in a curse can, it seems, be a killer.
Koh-i-Noor was handed over to Queen Victoria in 1851. Why did she want it so badly?!
The Koh-i-Noor is currently under constant guard in the Tower of London as part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.