Hi again. Thanks to all of you who have subscribed to the channel. Don’t forget to like the video if you enjoy today’s content. Also, by pressing the bell notification button, you will get word every time a new video is posted from our platform. Do you worry that you are missing out on deeper meanings hidden in every day objects and experiences? That perhaps there are more sinister forces at work that inscribe spells into buildings that you are unaware of. Or perhaps you simply have a fascination with the occult and their practices.
Today we dive into the dark world of spells. Cultures tend to be steeped in mystical and spiritual practices. Those beliefs often find their way into the architecture of the times. We see many ancient monuments around the world, either in pictures or in person, but we don’t always know the element of the supernatural that went into the construction process.
Spells are sometimes otherwise known as jinxes, hexes, or curses. The basic intention is to do another party harm by invoking dark powers. Many people of ancient times would carry around objects to prevent them from being targeted. They would also visit religious officials if they believed that they had been the victim of a curse. Basically though, they would live in fear due to their superstition. To them, spells were not just empty words incited by a hateful third party.
Take for example, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. It is one of the seven wonders of the world. But now, it has become a site that news outlets are issuing warnings about. Travellers are urged to avoid visiting the site. Some people might have already been wary of the site. Religious Catholics attest that the state in Brazil will shed a tear as a kind of stigmata. It is a sign that Christ is alive. It is also meant to represent the sadness that Jesus feels when he looks at the suffering of the world. Most people do not want their statues to cry though. They would find it disturbing if they merely came to look at the bones of a remaining wonder of the world.
Visitors to the wonder have to climb a high four kilometers through the Corcovado jungle to reach the statue. But some people don’t make it to the top unscathed. Many of them are robbed, and even one person was killed on the journey. Police in the area are clamoring to keep up as the surrounding area has become so impoverished. Perhaps those in the area have made the ground cursed, in a sense. And maybe the statue has been doomed to shed tears over the impoverishment and sin that many of the locals find themselves.
Brazil is not the only site for controversy. The Karun Treasure is a set of 363 pieces that belonged in Turkey. However, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art felt that they had laid claim to it through their acquisition. It is now safely back in Turkey but there are a few fakes that treasure hunters are setting about unearthing.
It may be a good thing that this treasure is back where it should be. Those that found the treasure were greedy pirates of sorts that set about selling the treasure, even though the practice was illegal. But they got their comeuppance as one of them was murdered. The other thief had not one but three of his sons die unexplained deaths. The misfortune got the people of Usak, Turkey talking. They believed that the men were cursed because they took the treasure. Some might even wonder if the curse is inlaid in the objects. So here is a good buyer beware story for anyone looking to lay claim to treasure on sale. Some artifacts are not worth the price paid for them. Especially when it is such an ill gotten gain.
Some curses don’t distinguish between the righteous and the unjust. At least this is what those who believe in Egyptian curses have discovered. The curse of the pharaohs is a very famous curse whereby anyone who raids or even enters the tomb with a mummy could be in serious peril. And those who stumble upon the tomb of a pharaoh should be especially aware because the curse grows stronger. The curse seems to be backed up by fact, as people who have visited the sites to either plunder or discover have suffered mysterious deaths.
One very famous example of this is King Tut. Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter discovered the tomb. And Lord Carnarvon died as a result.
You might wonder why the Egyptians cared so much about their graveyards. Well, they put the curses on those who disturbed them because they believed that they wouldn’t be allowed to enter the afterlife unless everything in the tomb remained intact.
Some cultures had spells in laid in their rituals, like the Egyptians. Others were superstitious and believed that no bad deed goes unpunished, such as was the case with the treasure from Turkey. And still many just happened to have high economic instability, like those in some parts of South America. They have a world wonder but they didn’t feel like their nation capitalized on that fact. Although Christ the Redeemer is a religious figure, that doesn’t mean that they all believed that “thou shalt not steal” like the Ten Commandments dictated. They would rather seize the moment to plunder more fortunate tourists, even if it made the Jesus statue cry occasionally.
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