7 Terrifying Curses And The Stories Behind Them

You were warned

The Terracotta Army in China. Image Reddit

Curses are pretty scary. The thought that an inanimate object or place can somehow give you bad luck or worse, kill you is too grim to consider. But, many believe in their existence and there are countless stories out there to support these claims.

loaded has found a bunch to keep you on your toes.




Tutakanum’s Tomb

When Howard Carter opened the young pharaoh’s tomb in 1922, chaos followed. Lord Carnarvon, the benefactor of the excavation, died suddenly. Cairo, Egypt had a massive power failure. Around the same time, Carnarvon’s dog, was said to have howled strangely at the moon in England and then dropped dead.



Tamerlane or Timur

When soviet archaeologists unearthed the mummy of the Persian 14th century conqueror, Hitler invaded three days later during World War II. Stalin then ordered the reburial with full Islamic Rites. Soon soviet forces miraculously fought back and reclaimed Stalingrad. Maybe leave Timur to rest in peace.

Epic World History



The polish king ruled in the 14th century. In 1973, 12 archeologists dug up is Tomb in Krakow. Within days of the find, four of them suddenly died.


King Croesus’ broach

It’s said that every one involved with finding this ancient artifact suffered terrible luck and violent ends.



Terracotta Army

These famous Chinese clay sculptures were discovered in 1974 by a group of farmers. They all suffered for it – their houses were destroyed by the government and three of the seven died fairly young or committed suicide.



Koh-i-noor diamond

The Indian gem is 5000 years old and comes with its share of mythology. “Only God, or a woman, can wear it with impunity,” states the curse. Male Indian rulers who owned it met great misfortune over time. Today it resides in a crown worn by Queen Elizabeth II. She’s safe.


The Crying Boy Paintings

An Italian artist painted the image that became popular in the 50’s with many prints sold. A rumour started circulating in eighties britain that a fireman claimed to have found the painting in multiple houses ruined by fire.

Dr. David Clarke


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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.