Sunday, 12 February 2012

Folk Lore and Urban Myth 1: The Curse of the Crying Boy

'Hello! My name is Buffy. Ask me about curses.'

- Buffy the Vampire Slayer,  episode 1, Season 6


Welcome to Buddha's Black Dog, my blog on curses and spells: for what it's about  (and my other blogs) see

http://buddhasblackdog.blogspot.com/

Buddha's Black Dog is  organised thematically, and older posts will be linked to  after each post. 


The 'Curse of the Crying Boy' is a very curious curse associated with the once-popular kitsch print, 'The Crying Boy'.  The invaluable Fortean Times featured this story in July 2008 -

'The Curse of the Crying Boy’ appeared out of the blue one morning in 1985. The Sun, at that time the most popular tabloid newspaper in the English-speaking world, published on page 13 of its 4 September edition a story headlined: “Blazing Curse of the Crying Boy”. It told how Ron and May Hall blamed a cheap painting of a toddler with tears rolling down his face for a fire which gutted their terraced council home in Rotherham, a mining town in South Yorkshire. The blaze broke out in a chip-pan in the kitchen of their home of 27 years and spread rapidly. But although the downstairs rooms of the house were badly damaged, the framed print of the Crying Boy escaped unscathed. It continued to hang there, surrounded by a scene of devastation. '

See
http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/1308/the_curse_of_the_crying_boy.html

As the Fortean Times points out, there is an old superstition that you can expect bad luck when a picture falls off a wall, and something about the story sparked off a series of similar stories about accidents to the painting  - or variants of it - causing houses to burn down.



See also


Introduction


Ancient Curses 1: the Curse of Akkad

Ancient Curses 2: Otzi the Ice Man


Ancient Curses  3: Egyptian Curses
Ancient Curses 4: a professional's counter-spell
http://buddhasblackdog.blogspot.com/2011/10/ancient-curses-4-professionals-counter.html

Curses and Music 1: The 27 Curse and Amy Winehouse

Curses in Literature 1: the Jackdaw of Rheims
http://draft.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=6404009094692616159#editor/target=post;postID=8036703344964600731

Curses in Literature 2: 'The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral'
http://buddhasblackdog.blogspot.com/2012/02/curses-in-literature-2-stalls-of.html


Curses that Worked 1: the Curse of Shakespeare's Tomb

Proverbial Curses 1
http://buddhasblackdog.blogspot.com/2011/09/proverbial-curses-1.html
Theatre Curses 1: Macbeth
http://buddhasblackdog.blogspot.com/2011/09/theatre-curses-1-macbeth.html
Historical Curses 1: the Monition of Cursing Against the Border Reivers
http://buddhasblackdog.blogspot.com/2011/09/historical-curses-1-monition-of-cursing.html
My other blogs are 
A Glasgow Album - a photoblog drifting in a melancholy manner around the city
http://glasgowalbum.blogspot.com/
and photographs of dogs tied up outside shops and other places (not too melancholy)
http://parkeddogs.blogspot.com/
 



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