A lady returned together with an nameless letter a number of rock fragments stolen from the archaeological space of Pompeiithe Italian metropolis destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, explaining that She has “breast most cancers” and that she didn’t know that behind taking stays there was “a curse.”
“Pricey nameless sender of this letter… the pumice stones arrived in Pompeii… now good luck in your future and ‘in bocca al lupo’ (luck), as we are saying in Italy,” the director of the archaeological park wrote on the X social community, Gabriel Zuchtriege, publishing the picture of the nameless letter and the fragments.
Within the letter, the girl wrote in English: “I did not know something concerning the curse. She did not know that she should not have taken the stones. After a yr I used to be notified of breast most cancers. I am a wholesome girl, medical doctors say it is simply ‘dangerous luck’. Please settle for my apologies and these items. I am sorry”.
It isn’t the primary time that Guests to the archaeological website return objects stolen throughout their go to alleging that after the theft a curse has adopted them and that, sadly, as specialists complain, they change into tough to relocate as a result of they’re out of context.
As documented within the ebook by journalist Antonio Cangiano titled ‘The Curse of Pompeii. Superstition and archeology. Historical past of petty thefts and regrets around the globe”, this historical superstition linked to the theft of archaeological finds from Pompeii remains to be alive.
The writer writes that whoever dares to take residence an unauthorized ‘memento’ shall be punished with dangerous luck, with disagreeable and infrequently tragic occasions.
“Many died horribly”
In 2020, the proprietor of a Pompeii actual property company discovered a bundle from Canada with some stays and a transparent message: “Stick with them. They provide you dangerous luck.”
“I used to be younger and silly, I wished to have a chunk of historical past that nobody may have. I did not actually take into consideration what I used to be getting,” defined the Canadian signatory, Nicole, indicating that since that journey she had breast most cancers and that the curse It was as a result of they got here from a “land of destruction” and there “many individuals died in horrible methods.”
The media recollects one other letter, additionally from Canada, through which a pair apologized for the theft dedicated in 2005 throughout a visit to Pompeii: “We took them with out serious about the ache and struggling that these poor souls had felt. We’re sorry, “Forgive us for this horrible resolution. Could their souls relaxation in peace.” EFE