Cerberus, the Hound of Hades that Guards the Underworld
The cursed tablets were intended to invoke the Gods of the Underworld to do harm to rivals.

Archaeologists have uncovered the Ancient Greek version of an evil wishing well.

Thirty lead curse tablets thrown into a 2,500-year-old well in the ancient Greek cemetery of Kerameikos have been dredged up, each one engraved with messages calling on underworld gods to curse mortals.

Now, scrawling curses on tablets to cripple political rivals and even prevent witnesses from testifying was par for the course in Ancient Greek and Roman societies that often blurred the lines between magic and religion. But laymen also called upon the underworld gods with these curse tablets, who frequently used binding spells to hinder their enemies.

Burying such curses with the dead was commonplace, and dead children and war victims made particularly apt 'delivery' boys, given their tortured souls' penchants to lounge around their burial sites.

However, a new law forbidding curse tablets in tombs enacted by Athens statesman Demetrius of Phalerum during the fourth century BCE may have forced spellbinders to get more creative and seek a more liquid transmission.

Curses Never Go Out of Style

As archaeologists unearth ancient curse tablets, some Twitter users facetiously worried that they might have just made a huge, world-ending mistake.

Others pointed out that the cursed tablets in the water well very likely worked - but only because they poisoned the water supply with dangerous quantities of lead.

Humor aside, the real anthropological lesson we can all walk away with is this:

Human pettiness truly knows no historical bounds.

So many of us who claim to be religious submit to this idea of an all-knowing deity wielding a grand design. And yet we never tire of asking them to do our dirty work in our own vain pursuits for money and power. One can easily draw parallels to today, where we might let our worst impulses take over and pray for others - politicians, rivals, enemies - to fail.

What do you think?

27 comments

  1. Rodney Knight's Avatar Rodney Knight

    I will not comment on the contents of the pieces it was a different time different people I believe after study the Pieces should be returned to the cemetery and buried with the proper respect these are private communications between the person and their gods and should not be fodder for comment by people who have no idea what drove them to such drastic actions how would you feel if your private communications with God where read and commented on by people who have no idea who you are when some of these pieces where placed Christ had not been born into the world so these people had no concept of his words judging them by your standards is not only shameful but cowardly you have no idea what was going on in these peoples world after an appropriate time of study the pieces should be returned to the cemetery and reinturd with respect

  1. the People's Project 5's Avatar the People's Project 5

    The Great I Am Creator of all the see and unseen created the ET's that have been coming to planet Earth for 270 million years. These ET's took their DNA and mixed it with a Primate from Earth and created mankind. The Bible contains some selected stories out of thousands of man's interactions with them. The Great I Am incarnated Mary to deliver the Lamb and the truth to man. Jesus denounced the old "Gods." We have TWO commandments delivered by Jesus, 1) Love yourself. 2) Love your neighbor as yourself.

    I Pray for Peace on Earth, and goodwill for ALL of humanity.

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      That’s a very interesting fictional thought. I also hope for pease on earth, and goodwill for all of humanity.

      🦁❤️

      1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

        And I also hope I can spell better next time 🤪

        1. Tom's Avatar Tom

          Lionheart...be well...you definitely add interesting color to our blog...Peace...Tom B

    2. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp's Avatar Catherine Ohrin-Greipp

      You are referring to the Anunnaki no doubt and ignorance here prevails. Obviously some know absolutely nothing about the work of Zecharia Sitchin and archaeologists as well as the ancient clay tablets of the Sumerians. Instead of asking you to clarify, they refer to it as fiction. These are probably the same folks who believe in the great "guy in the sky."

  1. Stiann Combrinck's Avatar Stiann Combrinck

    You all just need to really focus your minds, chill out and have a bong, mother Nature know what she's doing... She's been at it for billions of years, respect GREEN.

  1. Karl Axel Lindström's Avatar Karl Axel Lindström

    i curse people daily... May Trumps Beard grow inwards and his camel explode! for example :p

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    If they think witchcraft is going to work, then let them keep their dreams and become shattered when they dont work

  1. Tom's Avatar Tom

    Respectfully...God dpes not "hear" negative prayers...Peace...Tom B B

  1. Carla Webb's Avatar Carla Webb

    Its easy for us to turn on God insead of turning to him and to wonder why he is not stepping in to rid us of thiis Vile virus. Something I red a few days ago from the bible was nothing shall seperate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus and that means nothing.

  1. Laurel Lee Newman-Curry's Avatar Laurel Lee Newman-Curry

    Always interested where saying originated--seems this is insight to where 'well wishes' may have began! Laughter is good medicine. Best to all. Rev. Laurel

  1. Shawn Allen Hank's Avatar Shawn Allen Hank

    "Human pettiness truly knows no historical bounds." The excerpt from the article is right on the mark. Human pettiness is human, not godly or Judeo-Christian. Dr. Paul Kurtz is credited with defining Secular Humanism, and commented in his pamphlet What Is Secular Humanism? that ancient Greece and ancient Rome were secular. What Kurtz did not comment on was that both civilizations were"religious." Here is the paradox. There can be no form of religion under the banner of Secular Humanism because Secular Humanism rejects all religion.

    "So many of us who claim to be religious submit to this idea of an all-knowing deity wielding a grand design. And yet we never tire of asking them to do our dirty work in our own vain pursuits for money and power. One can easily draw parallels to today, where we might let our worst impulses take over and pray for others - politicians, rivals, enemies - to fail." The last few sentences tie to the prior quote very well because human pettiness is once again seen in prayer. However, the prayer is not meant for God (the Judeo-Christian God).

    The question should be evident. How do we know we are praying to God? How do we discern God from Satan? When these questions are answered, it will be apparent who we pray to, and who is speaking to us. It will also be apparent by our actions who we praise. If we are praying to God in sync with faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, joy, kindness, love, patience, peace, and self-control; then we are praying to God. If we pray for our selfish ambitions, our prayer is meant for Satan, not God. The nine attributes are referred to as the fruit of the Spirit, and represent God's character.Additionally, curses meant for other human beings are not meant for God's ears. Curses are meant for Satan's ears, and run contrary to the fruit of the Spirit. A curse can also repay evil with more evil. Someone does bad to you, and you speak or wish bad upon them. The Secular are in the flesh or in the world. They do walk in the Spirit. They are in conflict with the Spirit. Evil can be discerned from good quite easily because evil is the opposite of the fruit of the Spirit. Evil is selfish ambition, adultery, fornication, unclean, lewdness,idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentious, jealous, an outburst of wrath, dissension, heresy, envy, murder, drunkenness (whether alcohol or drugs - intoxicants), revelries, and the like.

    1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp's Avatar Catherine Ohrin-Greipp

      Yes and what if it is all a sham originally meant to control others? Dr, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist on stardust: “The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. ... And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”

      1. Sherri Louise James's Avatar Sherri Louise James

        Mmm. I've never heard that before. I guess that's what people call The Big Band Theory! I wish my husband was still alive. I'd love to hear his thoughts about this. He was a very intelligent man who seemed to know everything and could talk for HOURS about it. We never thought we were created by "the guy in the sky". LOL But, my husband never talked about the stardust thing. Thanks for the info. Makes sense. It was STARDUST, not EARTH dust. LOL Be safe, my friend.

        1. Philip Joseph Ryan's Avatar Philip Joseph Ryan

          Well, to be precise, we are 93% stardust and 7\% Big Bang dust by 3% mass.
          It is generally accepted, in astro-physics, that all the elements were produced through the nuclear fusion occurring in stars, creating heavier and heavier elements. I would be interested to know when and where the reference to Mankind coming from stardust/the stars was first mentioned

          1. Krystina S.'s Avatar Krystina S.

            I know that Carl Sagan said in the original "Cosmos:" We Are All Made Of Stardust.....

    2. EC's Avatar EC

      Malarkey.

      1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp's Avatar Catherine Ohrin-Greipp

        OMW, Joe Biden just came in with his "No Malarky" bus!

  1. Richard Lee Cornell's Avatar Richard Lee Cornell

    Curse be upon my friends who do not repay money so loan to them. Curse be upon the tax man who each year seek more silver for saying that it is for the school children. Curse upon those who prey upon my weakness when it comes to eating sweets. Curse be upon this virus for it has force me to stay away from Judy.

    1. Daniel J. Trebas's Avatar Daniel J. Trebas

      Your post should have been written in "cursive". But I wont curse the lack of cursive font options when posting.😁🤪👍

  1. Rodney Knight's Avatar Rodney Knight

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  1. EC's Avatar EC

    Pretty effective way to throw a curse! Lead tablets in a water well...

    I often curse my enemies but, since I am an honest and forthright person, I have a dearth of enemies. Were I a hypocritical, self-serving liar like so many of our politicians (irrespective of their side), I’d imagine many people would be (or would want to be) poisoning my well with the curse of heavy metals!

    Don’t be a douchebag. Don’t get cursed.

    Hail Satan!

  1. Cory Michael Lee Wells's Avatar Cory Michael Lee Wells

    Lucifer who was Yahweh's most trusted angel was also referred to as "The Morning Star." Throughout the Bible many times angels take on the likeness of a star. The point is that angels were an essential piece in the creation of Man. Yahweh, who is a being of pure light, used His magic combined with angel dust to create Adam (Angel dust and magic). Magic is absolutely real and present in our world today. To clarify there is magic(majesty), and wicked(wicca). Any spiritual conjuring of power can be directed in one of these ways. Although not all can perform magic because it is power of life which resides in our blood; any can use wickedness through desecration of the body or spirit. The important thing here is that we need to be aware that just because we have lived many generations since the ascribing of the Bible, all things contained in its scriptures are still true today. Prophets, sorcerers, and other "mythical" beings still dwell in the earth with us.

    1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp's Avatar Catherine Ohrin-Greipp

      The "angels" were extraterrestrials. Read "The Anunnaki Chronicles" Zecharia Sitchin and "The Arcturus Probe" Jose Arguelles. "Lucifer" was also an extraterrestrial.

    2. Krystina S.'s Avatar Krystina S.

      If Lucifer was God's most trusted angel, it would seem that God was/is not a good judge of character. 'Cause see how that great relationship turned out. Wiccans are NOT wicked. They are not a Judeo-Christian belief system, and many here are Wiccan reverands. The English language is not a pretzel for false etiological relationships. It would be good to remember the Earth does not revolve around the Christian mindset....

  1. Nora Mijnssen's Avatar Nora Mijnssen

    2020: coronavirus, giant hornets, aliens.

    Also 2020:

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