Curses Are Just Coincidence Right?

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We are all familiar with the word 'curse', yet how many of us believe that they actually exist?

It’s very easy for us in these logical days of the 21st century to dismiss such beliefs as nothing more than coincidence and a susceptible imagination.

However, is it possible some curses are real? Furthermore, do they in fact have the power to manifest evil forces that causes harm to the living?

Glamis Castle, Scotland

Glamis Castle in Scotland. This beautiful place is not only one of the most haunted in Scotland but also holds a secret that's rumoured to have been caused by a curse.
Glamis Castle in Scotland. This beautiful place is not only one of the most haunted in Scotland but also holds a secret that's rumoured to have been caused by a curse. | Source
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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother was brought up in Glamis Castle as a child. Some people believe that she knew what the dark secret of Glamis was and about the curse.
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother was brought up in Glamis Castle as a child. Some people believe that she knew what the dark secret of Glamis was and about the curse. | Source

The three curses of Glamis Castle


Glamis Castle, Scotland.

Glamis Castle, (pronounced Glahms), not only has ghosts and curses, but a number of other, alleged, supernatural forms. These include a female vampire and a very odd 'beast-like' creature that stalks the castle.

The castle was given as a gift to the Bowes-Lyons family by King Robert II in 1372. The family still own the castle today as the Earls of Strathmore. The late Queen Mother, who was a daughter of the family, gave birth to the late Princess Margaret at the castle.

As to curses, there are three involving Glamis Castle.

The first relates to 'Earl Beardie' and can be viewed as both a haunting and a curse. This nobleman of Scotland is thought to be Alexander Lyon, 2nd Lord Glamis or Alexander Lindsay, 4th Earl of Crawford. Both of these men had strong links to the castle.

The story surrounding Earl Beardie is that he was a ferocious gambler and card player. So much so that he wanted to play on the Sabbath. His host apparently refused and advised the nobleman not to play. Earl Beardie became furious and claimed that he would play cards until doomsday and no one would stop him.

Some stories maintain that the Earl said he “would play cards with the devil if no one else would.”

It is then that a stranger arrived at the castle and invited the Earl to a game of cards. The stranger is thought to have been the devil himself.

Over the years there have been a few ghostly sightings of the Earl playing cards. It is believed that he has been cursed and will continue to play cards until doomsday.

A second curse may have started due to Sir John Lyon having removed an ancestral chalice from the family seat at Forteviot.

Legend states that the chalice was to have been kept within Forteviot for ever. Many certainly believe that the vast amount of paranormal activity that occurs in Glamis castle is due to Sir John having brought the chalice within its walls.

Another curse that is alleged to plague the castle is all together more creepy and mysterious. For the past few hundred years up until the present day, there have been persistent rumours of a horrible and strange secret within the family.

The secret is apparently only passed down to the next male heir of the estate when they reach the age of 21.

The 'secret' or curse may relate to the birth of a grossly deformed child - half human and half animal. The child is reported to have lived to a great age - over 100 years old. The physical deformities suffered included stunted limbs, full hairy body, no distinctive neck and round body.

The 'monster' as it was called, was imprisoned in a secret chamber for the protection of the family. This was required since the 'monster' was reported to have possessed extreme strength and be evil in nature.

Another possibility for the 'secret' is that the hidden room contains the bodies of people who were starved to death. It is surmised that they were enemies of the family.

In the early part of the 20th century it was reported that a workman carrying out renovations accidentally broke into the secret room. There are two accounts of what happened next.

One was that he died of shock and his wife was given a huge amount of money and sent to Australia to keep her quiet. The second story states that he did not die and was paid a large sum of money to leave the country and live abroad in order that the 'curse' or secret would remain hidden.

It is also alleged that the late Queen Mother's own mother - the Countess of Strathmore - had asked the estate manager, Andrew Ralston, what the secret was. Andrew Ralston was a confidante of the Earl and had been fully informed about the mystery. His reply to the countess, if true, was chilling:

"It is fortunate you do not know the truth for, if you did, you would never spend another night beneath this roof".

What can we make of these curses, especially the alleged ‘secret’? It seems highly unlikely that any of the reasons for the confidential information would today be cause for the secret to be kept within the family. Could this mean that the ‘secret’ doesn’t exist or it’s so horrific that even today, the family will not release the details?

Interestingly, the present royal family have never acknowledged that they have information relating to Glamis Castle, although it is widely believed that a few members of the Royal Family do know – including the late Queen Mother.

Having said this, no member of the Royal family have denied the stories of Glamis Castle.

Alton Towers is believed to have had a curse upon it in the past. The very popular 'Hex' ride was produced to recreate the old curse.
Alton Towers is believed to have had a curse upon it in the past. The very popular 'Hex' ride was produced to recreate the old curse. | Source
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Odstock Church where a curse was stopped by throwing the church keys into a river.
Odstock Church where a curse was stopped by throwing the church keys into a river. | Source
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Cursed Places

People and objects can be cursed and it’s believed that some buildings may also have a jinx over them.


Alton Towers

Alton Towers in England is more famous as one of the UK's best loved theme parks.

Set in beautiful grounds many of the visitors are unaware of the old mansion on site and of the alleged curse that surrounds it.

In the 1840s the Earl of Shrewsbury used Alton Towers as a summer home. On returning to the Towers one night his coach was stopped by an old beggar woman who pleaded for help from the Earl. The Earl angrily told his coachman to keep on going, almost knocking the old lady down.

Before he was out of ear shot she put a curse on him and his family. The old lady stated that for every branch that fell from the old oak tree in the grounds, one member of his family would die.

That night a violent thunderstorm scorched one of the branches and it fell to the ground.

That same night a member of the Earl’s household died in mysterious circumstances. The nobleman immediately ordered that the oak tree be chained up to prevent any other branches falling. To this day the tree remains chained.

However, there is speculation that some of the folklore surrounding Alton Towers may have been elaborated in order to increase it's attraction as a visitors site.

In 2007 it was reported that a main branch from the oak fell off. On this occasion at least, no member of the family died. In fact one of the most popular rides at the park, called the Hex, is based on the legendary curse of Alton Towers which is also reputed to be very haunted.


St. Mary’s Church – Odstock, Wiltshire

There is a scary curse that is reputedly attached to this beautiful old church in Wiltshire, England.

Folklore says that if any person locks the door to the church then a curse will fall upon them and they will die suddenly.

The legend begins in 1801. A young gypsy man had been accused of being a horse thief and faced death by hanging.

However the young man's father, Joseph Scamp, admitted to the theft in order that his son could go free. Joseph was soon sentenced and hung on the local gallows.

As a tribute to the bravery of Joseph his people held a party near to the church and planted a Rose bush at his graveside in his memory.

However, the puritanical and snobbish authorities were shocked at the compliment made and the behaviour of the gypsies within the churchyard. Subsequently the authorities had the church door locked to prevent any of Joseph’s family or friends entering.

The gypsies were furious at the slight to Joseph's memory and put a curse on the church door, warning that - anyone who locks the door hereafter will die suddenly.

The legend continues, that afterwards, two church wardens who were key-holders, died suddenly and mysteriously after locking the door. The vicar by this time was frantic over the death of two of his staff in quick succession. He ran to the side of the River Ebble and hurled the church door keys in. To this day, the keys still lie in the deep water of the river.


There are thousands of alleged cursed or haunted skulls all over the world.
There are thousands of alleged cursed or haunted skulls all over the world. | Source
William Corder before his execution. After death did his spirit create havoc through the remains of his own skull?
William Corder before his execution. After death did his spirit create havoc through the remains of his own skull? | Source
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Higher Farm Chilton - home to a cursed skull
Higher Farm Chilton - home to a cursed skull | Source
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Haunted or cursed?

Cursed objects are more numerous than cursed people or buildings.

Human skulls are perhaps one of the most gruesome objects that have a tradition for being cursed. So much so that stories of these jinxes have inspired books and movies over the years.

A ghost-hunter from the past, Robert Thurston Hopkins, did particular research on this topic and related some interesting finds. I'll leave it up to you to decide if there is a curse or not.

The William Corder Skull

William Corder was executed for the murder of his lover in Polsted, England, 1827.

Almost 50 years later his remains were acquired by a medical man, Dr Kilner.

In order to carry out research, the doctor severed the skull from the spine and put it through a process of preservation and cleaning. So proud was he of his work that he displayed the now gleaming skull in a display case in his office.

Shortly afterwards both the doctor and his maid servant witnessed a stranger dressed in Victorian clothing walking through his house.

A short time later, he began to hear rasping breathing and aggressive mutterings when no one was with him. He tried to find the source but couldn’t.

One night he heard a loud crashing sound from the room where Corder’s skull was on display. When the doctor entered the room he gasped as an icy blast of air passed through him.

Although very uneasy he continued into the room but there was no evidence of an intruder. However, what he did see was the skull, outside its display case, sitting at the opposite side of the room.

The doctor apparently swore later under oath, that the skull, somehow, displayed an evil grin.

The full skeleton was buried a short time later. From that date all strange incidents stopped. It is interesting to note how some curses are similar in nature to the signs of a haunting.


Higher Chilton Farm, Somerset, England

This story relates to a man called Theophilus Brome. During the English Civil War he changed from being a supporter of the King to a supporter of Oliver Cromwell.

Many years later when royalty and the crown were restored on the succession of King Charles II, Theophilus was worried that he would be dispossessed and his head, after death, would be removed from his coffin and put on public display.

This common, gruesome practice was performed on people's corpses who were accused of treason. He therefore, made his sister promise that she would take it upon herself to be the guardian of his head and keep it safe.

When Theophilus did die, his sister kept to her promise by keeping her brothers head secure within the house.

The skull remained like this until the sister’s death. Afterwards numerous tenants occupied the farmhouse most of whom made every effort to get rid of the skull.

However, whenever an attempt was made to move the skull, poltergeist activity would erupt in the house and people even reported hearing screams.

Today the skull sits in a specially made cabinet situated over a door in the main hall. No further reports of unusual activity have been recorded.

For once there may be tantalising evidence that at least some of this legend may be true. Many years after the death of Theophilus and his sister, the church where they were interred was being restored. On investigating the remains of Theophilus it was found that his full skeleton was intact apart from the head.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article about curses and if you have any stories you would like to share, then tell us about them in the comments section.

©Seeker7/H M Howell, September 2013

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sarah0330 5 years ago from Philippines

nice hub..so cool! :)


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I really enjoyed this hub. It looks like you put a lot of research into this.


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Psalmist4M 5 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

Intense. A lot of detailed info. Thanks for spurring thoughts for a new topic from which to write.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi,

sarah0330 - many thanks for stopping by and really glad you found the hub 'cool' - makes all the hard work worthwhile.

jeannieinabottle - thanks for your lovely comment and for taking the time to read the hub. Glad that you enjoyed it. Many thanks.

Psalmist4M - thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice comment. It would be great if you could get a topic out of the hub to write about - let me know so that I can have a read when it's finished. And thanks for stopping by.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Seeker: I loved this hub. Totally right up my alley... I believe all of it. To much time has passed yet everyday we hear of another tail. BRAVO!!! BRAVO!!! I want to hear more....


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi MJB,

Many thanks for stopping by. It is really creepy stuff. When writing I thought sometimes - this can't be right. But at other times I thought, how awful if even some of this stuff does happen. I think the 'MacBeth' play is probably, for me, the most weird. If I was an actor, don't think I would want to be in it!


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

Fasinating read, I do so love this sort of thing so was thrilled that your article covered so much! thanks heaps for sharing it all with us! voting up and up


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi nighthag - thank you so much for your lovely comment. It is really appreciated and glad that you enjoyed the hub so much. Have a nice day!


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

So many mysterious things had happened that I was not even aware of. I learned a lot of new things. Another great hub from you, Seeker7! A vote up from cheerfulnuts! =D


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi cheerfulnuts,

Great to hear from you again and thanks for stopping by. I was the same, I didn't realise much of this information before I started digging. Really glad you liked the hub!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Seeker7, what an awesome read! It kinda gave me shivers! Very interesting, you certainly have put a great deal of thought into your hub. Voted up and and awesome!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Cloverleaf - many thanks for stopping by. I agree with you about the creepiness. I think most curses are just coincidence but there are other stories that genuinely have a feel of badness about them. I think I mentioned earlier that the play 'MacBeth' is very creepy but the skulls gave me the shivers as well.

Glad you liked the hub and thanks again for stopping by.


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elnavann 5 years ago from South Africa

I enjoyed reading this hub which was really well-written and fascinating. There seems to be a lot of evidence that there are some strange things going on


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi elnavann,

Many thanks for stopping by and for leaving such a lovely comment. I agree with you that the sheer amount of incidents have to be off the scale statistically for coincidence to be the only answer. And yes, it is a fascinating subject.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Wow! Voted up and awesome. I am SERIOUSLY impressed with the research done in order to write this captivating hub. I hadn't heard of any of these stories of curses and each one of them is as intriguing as the last! Specifically the scottish family's "monster" within their family...kept hidden from the public. Superior idea for a hub...keep up the amazing work! Stay unique!


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Mel Jay 5 years ago from Australia

Another great hub! Loved the Shakespeare information. The "Scottish Play" was always one of my favorites, so it's great to know more about it now. Great topic, up and awesome from me, Cheers, Mel


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

1. Hi kittythedreamer, many thanks for stopping and for your lovely comment. I agree with you about Glamis castle and the 'monster'. Its one of those things that because no one in the know, talks about it you just have to find out more. The really interesting part is that the spokesperson for the Royal family are usually very quick to debunk stories and distance the Royals from any kind of ridicule - this has never happened and that for me is very intriguing.

2. Hi Mel, nice to hear from you again. Many thanks for your lovely comment. I'm in tune with you as I love the information that surrounds 'MacBeth' - very odd indeed. Kind regards, Seeker7.


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seriousnuts 5 years ago from Philippines

I loved this hub. Got me reading from start to finish. Keep it up! And yes, I agree with you, the curse about MacBeth is the most weird.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi seriousnuts, great to hear from you.

Many thanks for leaving such a lovely comment - really appreciated - and glad that you liked the hub. The MacBeth play is very odd indeed - I wonder that any actor would actually want a part in it after all the accidents and deaths associated with it. I think if it was me I's give it a miss!


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

This is a fascinating piece of writing. You have researched quite well. Impressive. The MacBeth curse seems strange, as does the crying painting curse. I have a friend who believes someone put a curse on her. She is trying to figure out how to cancel the negative effects of it. I think she is just ill, but she is sure she is cursed. Great work on your hub.

Namaste.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Deborah,

Many thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment -much appreciated.

I agree about MacBeth, it is very odd. For me it's the amount of incidents that have occurred - not easily brushed off as coincidence. The paintings are really creepy - I think because they are so cute but are reputed to be tinged with something a bit dark - very odd.

That's sad about your friend, especially as you say if she is ill at the moment. If she doesn't get better, the placebo affect might help her if she truly believes she is cursed. The placebo could psychologically help her - it would work by bascially making her believe that the 'curse' has been lifted. Does she have any specific grounds for believing that someone is trying to deliberatly hurt her? Because usually that is the only reason anyone would want to do something so nasty. I'm not saying I believe 100% in curses, but psychologically, if people genuinely believe they are, then it can do a lot of damage to them physiclly and mentally.

Anyway, sorry for the lecture, many thanks again for stopping by.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Seeker7, I was fasscinated from beginning to end. I especially was interested in the history of the Glamis Castle. You have produced a wonderfully written, well research piece. Rate up and awesome.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch,

Thank you so much for yor lovely comment - it does mean a lot. I'm really glad that you enjoyed it and I have to say that I loved writing this one.


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fayx24 5 years ago from Australia

Love the creepiness to the curse stories! It reminds me of the stories of curses placed on tombs in ancient pyramids. Great hub!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi fayx24,

many thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment. Glad that you enjoyed the hub! I think you've made a good point about curses. Believe in them or not they are very creepy. And the amount of incidents that occur around some of them seems to be far too frequent for coincidence to be the reason. Very odd and very scary! As to the Egyptians, you always get the feeling there is something odd going on even after thousands of years. Very spooky people!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Holy smokes this is awesome! I'll have to return to read it all, as I'm about to head out the door for a job.

I did want to say GREAT JOB before I left though. :=D


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Wesman, great to hear from you again and many thanks for the lovely comment. I have to say that some of the curse stuff - whether it's true or not - gave me the creeps! But having said that, it was great fun. Many thanks again for stopping by.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

I was captivated by this spooky hub from start to finish. I love spooky stories and enjoyed this very much. Yikes, I'm alone right now and hoping sister gets home from work soon. :-0


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Minnetonka Twin,

Great to hear from you again. Did your sister get in quite soon? LOL. I have to say that quite a few times while writing this hub the chills were going up and down my spine big time!!! Some of this stuff does give me the creeps as well as being fascinating.

So glad you enjoyed this spooky read and for leaving such a nice - funny - comment!


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Cathy I 5 years ago from New York

This was amazing...it took me back to childhood days and some of the stories we read, including MacBeth which was one of my

English Literature textbooks.

I want to congratulate you for the effort, research and love that has gone into this hub.

Great work!!!

I hope you will consider developing it into an e-book..it has tremendous potential considering how much people like all things creepy and spooky these days.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Cathy,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I have to say that I really enjoyed writing this hub - it was creepy but great fun. I have never thought about an e-book - this is a really interesting point to make, thank you. And many thanks again for taking the time to stop by. Seeker7.


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Im awe stricken ! This is a great hub . For years and centuries this has been a hush hush conversation and i always enjoy reading things like this , even the bible tells tales of sorcery, witch craft , soothsayers ,and many mnay more ! thank you for doing this hub ! sincerely ,

Jami

voted up & awesome!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi jami,

Many thanks for dropping in and for your smashing comment. Yes, curses do seem to go back a very long way. I'm interested and have studied most subjects within the paranormal field and I will admit that I find curses particularly creepy and disturbing. I realise that most people today put them down to coincidence and wishful thinking. Perhaps for most. But there are some that, I feel, goes beyond this. How or why curses might work I have no idea but they are very scary.

Many thanks again for stopping by and taking the time to write a commnet.


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lilian1 5 years ago from Hertfordshire England

What a great hub Seeker 7 extremely spooky love it !!!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi lilian1,

Many thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. Glad that you enjoyed the hub - and you're right it is all a bit spooky and creepy!!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

What an incredibly indepth study of curses, hexes, folklore, superstitions and human folly! (last one my opinion). Amazing in detail. I had no idea about "break a leg." That, a kind of reverse psychology in order to tempt fate by actually acknowledging something...thereby causing it to cease and, actually, reverse. Amazing! I am completely impressed. The history of Glamis Castle and it's connection to royalty is another thing about which I had no earthly idea. This hub is the beginning of a manual; a book detailing so much which is beyond fascinating! The William Corder skull..yikes! WOW! All positives UP.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Lucky Cats,

As usual it's lovely to hear from you and for leaving such a lovely comment. I have to say that I do agree with you about 'human folly' - how many curses/hexes have taken hold but only because of ignorance and fear rather than a supernatural cause. Many thanks for stopping by.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

I've just re read part of this hub and it is truly amazing. I have several suggestions for interesting reading; a blend of fact and fiction by both authors. (probably, given the depth in which you study subject matter and write; you are already familiar with these writers)...Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist who has an amazing resume; also the originator, both in script and character, of the series Bones which, in my estimation, is a very intelligent tv series (one of a very few, my opinion..again!) the other author is Steve Barry...his astoundingly detailed, researched and written work is educational, in the least and mind boggling, as well. Again, I bet you've already read these good authors..if not, I know you'd enjoy their work and their subject matter.

Thanks again for this fabulous work!!! A book in the making, I have no doubt!!

Kathy


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Kathy,

Many thanks for the suggestions! I have read Kathy Reichs, but haven't read Steve Barry. Going with your recommendations I will definitely have a look at Steve Barry's work - I'll be on Amazon later today so will see what they have to offer. Many thanks!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi SEO,

Lovely to hear from you again and once more glad that I have a hub that you enjoyed.

Curses? I would have to agree that the majority of curses can be put down to - not only imagination and coincidence - but very basic stories that have been embellished and built upon over the centuries. Others? In some rare cases there does seem to be, perhaps, another force at work. Maybe it's supernatural, maybe not.

As to witches. Well it depends what you mean by witch. If you are thinking about the old hags from fairytales then no, they don't exist. However, there are many thousands of people all over the world who practice a nature-based religion called Wicca. This is an ancient word meaning 'craft of the wise' or more commonly known as witchcraft. The Wicca belief system is a very positive one and in addition to caring and loving nature, their most important philosophy is 'do what though will - but it harm none'. This philosophy not only includes other people, animals, the environment but also themselves. They do believe in spiritual forces and also the angelic and archangelic forces. Their main deities though are the Mother Goddess and the Father God.

However as with all beautiful belief systems there will be those who abuse it. And these unfortunates practice black witchcraft - they are not the same as Wiccans - they are the opposite and many will go under the heading of Devil Worship/Satanism, but not all.

Anyway, sorry about my lecture. It was great to hear from you and many thanks for leaving such an interesting comment.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Spot on - the craft in itself is not evil it is the intent behind it. But the craft as practiced by Wiccans is very positive and benign.

Fairies??? If you mean the cute wee folk with wings - no! If you mean Faerie as in some form of earth energy - possibly.


DilaraMawlaMonzur 5 years ago

I have just started reading your hubs, and I was very impressed to see your detailed discussion, very convincing indeed,about people's belief in curse and how much truth it holds. The topic itself is very interesting, and you made it even more interesting! Useful, awesome,interesting and beautiful, voted up!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi DilaraMawlaMonzur,

Lovely to hear from you and I'm very glad that you enjoyed the hub.

I have to say that there is something about curses that un-nerves me. Even when I know there is more than likely a logical explanation to some of them, they still leave me with doubts and that is very creepy for me. I think with some of the curses, there does seem to be some strange force at work - whether natural or otherwise. Very odd.

Many thanks again for your vote up and positive comment.


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weestro 5 years ago from Virginia

Very interesting hub, some of it game me the chills...


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi weestro,

Many thanks for the visit and glad that you liked the hub. I have to admit that there is something very sinister and chilling about curses - even more so than ghosts I think!!


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

I enjoyed reading your hub because I do believe in curses, especially the "tempting fate" type. For example my dad announced he had been driving for 35 years without an accident. I immediately schussed him telling him he was "reminding the fates" and to "never talk about your luck or you will lose it". That evening he ran into a telephone pole.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Lilleyth. Oh your poor Dad! Hopefully he was okay?

I know what you mean about tempting the fates. I does always seem like when we get a bit cocky that something happens to bring us back down to earth. I know many curses could probably be put down to coincidence. But there are just as many that can't possibly be. Coincidence tends to be simple repetition once or twice. With some of the events there is complex happenings over a period of time pointing to something much more weird going on. For me I do find curses very creepy as you're never quite sure who or what you're dealing with!

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