Cursed items have a reputation that can traverse many ages and even thousands of years. We have heard tales about ancient Egyptian tombs containing treasures that afflicted the grave robbers with disaster and disease. We have also heard tales of cursed, ill-begotten treasure that would getting it’s previous owner’s revenge on the new owner by attracting all sorts of misfortune and grief.
While most of those stories seem like tales shrouded in the mystery of time, there are those that seem to have traversed the ages and come knocking on our doorstep. Some ancient items survive to our day and age, and seem to continue spreading bad luck in their path. There are also newer cursed item examples that are tied to events within recent generations’ memory.
The ill-begotten Diamond of Koh i Noor
This is an example of an item that started its cursed “career” long, long ago and had survived to this day. The diamond is an impressing 109 carats, but comes with a curse that outweighs its immense value. The diamond had brought strife and violence to any who would come into its possession. The reason for this is that the diamond was, according to legend, stolen from the God Krishna. Numerous worthy and wealthy people who had a successful life had then come to disastrous ends shortly after coming to own this valuable but heavily cursed item.
The Crying Boy Painting
Nobody knows what started the curse, but the painting of the Crying Boy seems to have invited a fire into every home where it was hung. The painting was reproduced as a print and was popular among many homeowners in England during the 1980’s. Something in common to all homes where the fire erupted because of it, was that the painting itself inevitably survived intact, almost untouched by the flames.
The Hope Diamond – A Sad Irony
Despite the seemingly positive name, this piece of jewelry also seems to have brought about the deaths of its many owners. Unlike the first example, this cursed item’s tale is not shrouded in history but starts in more recent times. The gem was initially stolen by a priest who was subsequently tortured for his thievery. While this seems a logical outcome and not the effect of a curse, there is also the death of Jean Baptiste Tavernier, a gem trader who also owned the diamond and was killed by a very random attack by rabid dogs. Other owners of the gem were also killed in similarly bewildering circumstances, this finally establishing that the item was, beyond doubt, cursed.
As with other curses, the item-centered curse can stem from many different origins. It is often more frightening, because the owner is completely unaware of this. If an item seems to be having a bad influence or emits a feeling of unease, it may be cursed. The good news is that there are methods to remove such curses, with Kabbalistic curse removal being among the surest of those methods.