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Who believes that some travel souvenirs can bring bad luck? All this is superstition, you say, and most likely you will be right. But it turns out that there are a lot of people all over the world who believe that some memorable souvenirs bring bad luck and even misfortune. In many forums on the Internet, there is a fierce debate whether these items are really cursed or only naive people believe in it. We've compiled a list of the most talked about souvenirs that internet users believe bring bad luck.
1. Fragments of the Uluru rock.
Uluru is a huge red rock that has become one of Australia's most recognizable symbols. The lonely rock is very important in the culture of the Aborigines, who believe that Uluru is a sacred place. Therefore, they believe that whoever takes a piece of this rock will incur the wrath of the gods. And entering Uluru is considered a desecration of the place of worship of the gods. Very often people take pieces of red Uluru with them as souvenirs. It is believed that they bring misfortune not only to the owner of the souvenir, but also to his loved ones. There have been many cases in the history of local post offices when pieces of Uluru stones were sent to them with a request to return them back. (Photo: (Photo: Steve Daggar / flickr.com).
2. Pieces of lava, rock and sand from Hawaii.
Legend has it that, taking Hawaiian land from the island as a souvenir, you will be overtaken by the curse of Pele. Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes who, according to mythology, created this holy land. Anyone who takes pieces of this land with him will face dire consequences: failures, fires, illness and even death of loved ones. Therefore, in Hawaii, it does not seem strange to anyone that many tourists send back "Hawaiian souvenirs". Even the Hawaii Tourism Authority urges not to "dismantle" the island, however, basing its request on rational arguments - the protection of wildlife. (Photo: beachwalker2008 / flickr.com).
3. Nazar Boncuk or "eye of Fatima" from Turkey.
This is a traditional souvenir from Turkey that most tourists bring - making souvenirs using the "eye of Fatima" is very popular. You can buy it at any store or shop throughout the country. It is believed that the origin of this amulet dates back to pre-Islamic times. Even then, it was believed that it protects against evil spells and the evil eye. However, recently there has been an opinion that the presence of such a souvenir can lead to exactly the opposite effect. The authors of this theory believe that over the years, the "eye of Fatima" has accumulated so much bad energy that negatively affects its owner. (Photo: patrizia lungonelli / flickr.com).
4. Dzi stones from Tibet.
These decorated agate stones are of particular value in Tibet. Once they were even used as a means of payment. According to the beliefs of the peoples of Tibet, these stones protect their owners from evil spirits and bring them happiness, health, love, wealth, etc. In some regions it is believed to be a gift from the gods. However, it is almost impossible to acquire the original Dzi stone at the present time, and those that can be bought in Nepal and Tibet are most likely fakes. They are made by local shamans to earn money, and many Internet users warn that such stones can cause evil spirits (of course, you have to believe in them). (Photo: water-fall / flickr.com).
5. Venetian masks.
Have you ever felt that these beautiful masks are not only pleasing to the eye, but also cause a strange feeling of anxiety? This is just psychology: the mask gives a sense of anonymity to its owner, while those who look at it do not know who is really hiding behind it. However, many people believe that such poppies bring bad luck. A similar superstition applies to African masks as well. They are believed to have evil powers as Africans use them in their magical rituals. (Photo: KiwiCharlotte / flickr.com).
6. Peacock feathers.
Many people believe that colorful peacock feathers bring bad luck to their owners. It is not known exactly where this superstition came from, because in the cultures of many countries the peacock is a symbol of rebirth and immortality, and in India it is a divine being. Despite this, it is widely believed on many internet forums that the feathers of this bird bring bad luck. (Photo: SunyFLx4 / flickr.com).
7. Egyptian cartouches.
Cartouches in Egyptian hieroglyphic texts are called oval frames of the names of the pharaohs. Today, as a souvenir, cartouches with your name written in hieroglyphs can be bought by anyone. However, when buying such a souvenir, you need to remember that you cannot give a loved one a cartouche with his name. Cartridges can only be exchanged. Otherwise, only misfortunes await the recipient of such a gift. While vacationing in Egypt, remember that it is better not to buy figurines of Egyptian gods as a souvenir, as it is believed that they also bring misfortune. (Photo: Jan / flickr.com).
To my surprise, it turned out that beautiful pearls also bring misfortune. It is not known where and why this superstition appeared, but on the forums, users are not advised to acquire pearl jewelry. It is believed that it is best not to give or accept such jewelry. It is believed that a pearl necklace on your wedding day will bring bad luck. Also, you cannot wear an even number of pearls. (Photo: Yvette Chew / flickr.com).
9. Porcelain dolls from Japan.
There are many legends about porcelain dolls from Japan on the Internet. Some believe that they bring good luck, others, on the contrary, unhappiness. In ancient times, such dolls were credited with magical power, and during special ceremonies the sins of people were "transferred" to them, and then drowned in the river. It is believed that the porcelain dolls worn by believers to the temple will surely bring them misfortune and bad luck. (Photo: Cilla Nolli / flickr.com).
Maybe you know about some other souvenirs that bring bad luck and unhappiness? Share with us by writing about it in the comments.