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Paranormal Legends: Cursed Artifacts & Haunted Objects

Updated on December 5, 2013

Curses, hexes, and revenge all wrapped up in a haunted object. Is it possible? Could these accursed artifacts truly contain some type of energy that has the power to invoke evil or misfortune upon the person whom owns them? And if so, why and how?

A "curse" may refer to a wish that harm or hurt will be inflicted by any supernatural powers, such as a spell,a prayer, an imprecation, an execration, magic, witchcraft, God, a natural force, or a spirit

Cursed objects are generally supposed to have been stolen from their rightful owners or looted from a sanctuary. 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. Following are 4 purportedly cursed objects. Some well known, some not so. Either way they are interesting reports on their history and back grounds. Whether they are cursed, haunted or hexed is any ones guess. You decide for yourself.

The Women of Lemb Statue
The Women of Lemb Statue

The Women of Lemb: Cursed Goddess of Death

The Women of Lemb, otherwise known as “The Goddess of Death” is an interesting artifact indeed. The statue is carved out of limestone and was unearthed in Eastern Europe in Lemb, Cypress in 1878. The statue is similar to a fertility idol but instead of positively affecting a person by creating life it takes one away, hence the name “Statue of Death”. In retrospect it is the fertility idols opposite. The Women of Lemb dates back to 3500 B.C. and is said to represent a goddess. The hierarchy in which the goddess is placed in pantheon history is unknown.

The first owner of the statue, Lord Elphont and his family, all died within 6 years of having the statue in his possession. All naysayers can pretty much surmise that this occurrence is creepy at the very least. Is it cursed? Possibly. But the curse is then cemented in the local lore when the next two owners, Ivor Manucci and Lord Thompson-Noel, also meant there demise shortly after acquiring the statue. Did I mention that there entire families perished with them as well? They did. The fourth and final owner, Sir Alan Biverbrook, his two daughters and wife died within a few short years of each other. Highly unlikely coincidence if I do say so myself. However, it seems his two older sons avoided their deathly fates by donating the statue to a Scottish museum where it remains today. Being scared of the sudden and strange deaths of their immediate family they headed the curse and lived to tell about it. But this story doesn’t end there. One final death will occur before the statue is tucked safely behind closed glass in the museum. Whose death you ask? None other than the museum’s curator!

The Basano Vase
The Basano Vase | Source

The Basano Vase

“Beware….This vase brings death” ……

Made in the 15th century from carved silver legend tells us that the Basano vase was made for an Italian maiden on her wedding night in the a village close to Napoli. That same night the girl was murdered, lying on the floor slowly dyeing and clutching the vase she promised to return and seek her vengeance. After her death the vase was passed from family member to member, causing death in each one until the vase was reportedly secreted away and hidden. The history of who hid the vase is sketchy at best. Some say it was buried on sacred ground by priests; others say it just simply vanished only to once again be found.

“Beware….This vase brings death” was written on the parchment paper inside this vase when it was unearthed for the second time in 1988. It was eventually sold and its reign of death continued. The pharmacist who purchased it was said to have died mysteriously 3 months after acquiring it. After his death it was sold again to a surgeon whom didn’t believe in things such as curses. He died 2 months later at the ripe old age of 37. Surely the curse stops here, one would think, but it doesn’t. The vase passed hands once again, this time to an archaeologist who purchased it for his private collection. He died 3 months later. The next owner died within 1 month. And here the legend of the cursed vase stops. After trying to rid themselves of the vase and with no luck the family of the last owner tossed it out their window. It almost landed on a police officer’s head, nearly killing him. The family was fined and ticketed for disorderly behavior but REFUSED to take the vase back. The police offered it to several museums but all refused, stating the vase was cursed. What happened to it after this no one knows. Some say the vase was reburied in a lead coffin waiting to be unearthed once again…..

Ark of the Covenant Depiction
Ark of the Covenant Depiction
Ancient Puebloan Hieroglyph depicting the Ark of the Covenant. Found in Arizona, USA.
Ancient Puebloan Hieroglyph depicting the Ark of the Covenant. Found in Arizona, USA.

Ark of the Covenant

A Christian relic that was said to hold the stone tablets upon which Moses inscribed the Ten Commandments, made from acacia wood and covered with gold, the Ark of the Covenant vanished in the 6th century B.C. Its whereabouts have been speculated about for centuries spanning places as far as The Isle of Man, Ireland, Jerusalem, Ethiopia (think Queen of Sheba) and even America. In fact, many historians believe a secret society, the last few of the Knights Templar, brought the artifact to America as recently as the early 1800’s. To this day the treasure may well lie in the cavernous caves of the Grand Canyon in Arizona or a rural farm in the lowlands of Virginia. Where better place to hide a treasure of enormous power and worth? Where no one would think to look for it, that’s where.

Why is this artifact included here? It’s neither cursed nor haunted, or is it? It is said that the Ark contains a great and wondrous power, a power so incredible that if it were to fall into the wrong hands could bring the end of times to us all.

Thus the ark “was worshipped by the Israelites as the embodiment of God Himself,” writes Graham Hancock in The Sign and the Seal. "Biblical and other archaic sources speak of the Ark blazing with fire and light...stopping rivers, blasting whole armies."

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When carried, the Ark was always hidden under a large veil made of skins and blue cloth, always carefully concealed, even from the eyes of the priests and the Levites who carried it. To look upon the contents would bring forth a quick and swift death. Why? Because the Ark is thought to hold a powerful based electrical energy source. Some scientists even believe the power to be atomic in nature. Hence, should our enemies ever find and reveal this energy, we will be cursed to endure the apocalyptic end of days.

Cursed or not? I’ll let you decide. However, it might be better if the powers that be see fit to leave it right where it’s at.

The Crying Boy Painting
The Crying Boy Painting

The Crying Boy Painting: Curse of the Fire Starter

Curses are as strong as the mind of the person whom believes in it....

History & Origins

The boy , orphaned and abandon on the street as a young child (circa 1950, actual date unknown) was found alone and crying. His parents had recently died in a house fire. One he was have said to start with his mind. Many claimed he had real life pyrokenetic abilities and was thus accurately named Diablo (devil) or The Fire Starter. Although it is said that pyrokenisis, the ability to create or control fire with one's mind, is relatively rare, there have been purported cases of it occurring throughout history. If you believe in spontaneous human combustion in which the cells of a body speed up so rapidly that the person spontaneously combust into fire then pyrokenesis is fathomable.

An Italian (or Spanish depending on the source of information you are using) artist by the name of Bruno Amadio whom found the boy painted the portrait. He was said to have watched over the boy, allowing him to live with him in his studio apartment where he painted. Shortly after completion of his work, the studio burnt to the ground. The boy was then passed from family to family. Each family loss their house to fire. What was believed to be the same boy later died in a car accident in which no one claimed his body.

The history of The Crying Boy painting seems to drop off there. When researching the painting there was relatively little information on known facts about the boy or his family. The painting didn't come back into the spotlight until about 35 years later in 1985.

In 1985 in areas throughout England some 50 house fires occurred in which the house were completely gutted and burnt to the ground. In each case only 1 item within the house was left standing, untouched and unclaimed by the raging fire.....

They all claimed one thing in common: the families were owners of The Crying Boy Painting. Coincidence?

The painting had by 1985 been massed produced so there were thousands of copies in circulation. Although the whereabouts of the original painting (there were purportedly 28 originals) was unknown, it didn't matter, the curse seemed to extend to the copies as well.


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      Teddy Kimathi 

      4 years ago from Nairobi

      A very interesting subject you have researched. Well, in this today's world, people don't believe in supernatural events as our ancestors did, because of fantasy and sci-fi movies and prank shows. Logic seems to win the fight as a future religion.

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      Teddy Kimathi 

      4 years ago from Nairobi

      A very interesting subject you have researched. Well, in this today's world, people don't believe in supernatural events as our ancestors did, because of fantasy and sci-fi movies and prank shows. Logic seems to win the fight as a future religion.

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      Timothy Yohe 

      5 years ago from St. Louis

      Interesting post since one of my many interests is in haunted artifacts. I have read up a bit on John Zaffis and have kind of formed my own theory involving quantum entanglement. Thank you for writing these four stories about the subject. I found them to be quite interesting. There is a lot of truth behind those supposed curses!

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      5 years ago

      that vase story when it hits the police officer's head was an epic comedy:D

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      5 years ago

      The crying boy painting curse has already been solved.

      The paint used or oils etc were found to be fireproof!

      Such a great urban legend, but reason came through on this one.

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      6 years ago from Some Sunny Beach, USA

      Hi Lady Summerset ! I agree, I believe at first the owners didn't believe. I would have to say that after so many deaths and weird incidents they would have no choice but to acknowledge it. I wouldn't take my chances!

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      Lady Summerset 

      6 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      This was a very interesting article. I would think that "each" possessor of the item didn't believe in the folklore, therefore, choosing to possess it. If the curse is true, it seems that the dying or deceased person's will was stronger than those of the living possessors!


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