Blessings and Curses
As humans, our words have power. We have the power to bless or to curse. History has recorded different blessings and curses used in different situations. Here are a list of some blessings and curses for entertainment purposes.
Disclaimer: I do not encourage cursing others. We are all connected and cursing or wishing ill of others only cause harm to yourself.
“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.” –Maryanne Radmacher
May God give you heaven’s dew
And earth’s richness-
An abundance of grain and new wine.
May nations serve you
And peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
May those who curse you be cursed
And those who bless you be blessed.
The Priestly Blessing: The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. –Numbers 6:24-26
Stars: Reminder of Peace and Abundance
In the busy city life,
With all its activities and interactions,
Inevitable is strife;
And so are complains about life being tough
And that resources are never enough.
In the quiet of the night,
Away from the city's hustle:
In the sky, the stars shine so bright;
Providing light and guidance,
Peace, clarity and abundance,
Amidst the vast darkness.
May the Warm Winds of Heaven
blow softly upon your house.
May the Great Spirit
Bless all who enter there.
May your Mocassins
Make happy tracks
in many snows,
And may the Rainbow
Always touch your shoulder
-Cherokee Prayer Blessing
This is my wish for you:
comfort on difficult days,
rainbows to follow the clouds,
smiles when sadness intrudes,
faith so that you can believe,
sunsets to warm your heart,
laughter to kiss your lips,
courage to know yourself,
hugs when spirits sag,
patience to accept the truth,
beauty for your eyes to see,
confidence for when you doubt,
friendships to brighten your being,
and love to complete your life.
May all your teeth fall off but one, and may that one tooth ache for all eternity. –Ancient Egyptian curse
May my enemies neither eat bread nor drink wine, but be afflicted with itching without the benefit of scratching!
Written on a Filipino palayok (earthenware pot): Pag nabasag, mamalisin (If broken, you will receive bad luck)
This was told to us by our History professor who loves to dig for artifacts, and there was a time he became fond of palayok (clay pots). He excavated a particular pot with writings and had it deciphered. The writings translate to this curse. No wonder the pot remained intact after so many years! To be honest, this is quite a boring curse and lacks imagination as opposed to the Egyptian one above which has more creativity.
Have you encountered more interesting blessings or curses? Post them here in the comments section.