Do you believe in curses?

This is an interesting article in the Huffington (here) about folks mailing rocks back to the general post office of Hawaii. If you read the article, you would know that the senders were returning volcanic rocks that they had picked up during their journeys to these pacific islands.

Why? Pele’s curse. Nope, not the footballer for those who know. LOL…

There is no deity in the Hawaiian islands with this name. Corrected: Pele is the Goddess of Fire and Lightning (thanks Lucy for sharing this). Do visit her at lovefoodwith lucy because we share a common love of food! Heheh.

It’s supposedly just a legend that if you take any sand or rock away from the islands, bad luck will befall upon you. Perhaps these folks had found out about the “curse”, or they had really encountered a series of unfortunate events? In any case we wrote about what ‘bad’ tourists and travelers bring home with them (here). Tsk tsk we hear you…

What we like to bring home with us aside from the usual tourist souvenirs would be pictures, photos and memories of the journey. As we recount the year, there were many striking instances that leave deep impressions upon us, but none of which will cause us anxiety such as that of Pele’s curse!

Maybe for Fengshui sake we might need to re-arrange the furniture a little…LOL. Hey but for some folks this is serious business and may lead to bad luck if they don’t observe the customs. Not a curse perhaps but close enough. Who wants bad luck?

Have you any similar stories to share about taboos that tourists should look out for?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

30 thoughts on “Do you believe in curses?”

  1. And the thing with Feng Shui and curses and superstitions is that if there is no harm in following them, then it’s better to do Feng Shui, etc. because what if they are true? 🙂
    Normally, my bag cannot hold all my shopping and old clothes and shoes I took with me and bringing back so no space for things that belong to nature. LoL!

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  2. Interesting. I think sometimes ‘curses’ are created to discourage the hordes of tourists from destroying landmarks. I try to avoid bringing back anything physical back other than the occasional shells

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    1. We collect photos and memories lol! It says a lot when curses have to be resorted to discourage folks from defacing, taking or outright damaging the places that are being visited. When can we be ‘cultured’ enough? sigh.

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  3. If nothing else, it is a lesson on respecting the culture of the area where we are traveling. The wilderness motto forever has been “Take only photos. Leave only footprints.” Maybe taking Pele’s rocks leads her to throw up more lava to replace the missing ones. 🙂 –Curt

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      1. Yeah, like what i mentioned in my post – Let’s Keep Clean – leave the place looking the same before we were there whether in the city we live in or visit. Glad to see that you are writing post on this topic. Keep writing!

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  4. Mel and Susan! I got back from my cruise trip to Hawaiian islands 2 weeks ago, and I heard about this Madam Pele’s curse from multiple sources. When people takes lava rock out of the island of Hawaii, Madam Pele’s curse will cause all sorts of unfortunate events. People do send the lava rock back to the post office on the island to return to the ground. I thought it was very interesting. I visited Hawaii Volcanoes National park and saw active volcano, too. I have been thinking about writing a blog post about Hawaii (and its close connection to Japan) in my next blog. Stay tuned!

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