Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Weird: The Woman From Lemb Statue

Though there are many different objects that have been considered haunted or cursed throughout history, few are said to bring on as much death to its owners as the Women From Lemb idol.

Nicknamed "The Goddess of Death," The Women from Lemb is a statue carved from pure limestone that was discovered in 1878 in Lemb, Cypruss. The item dates back to 3500 B.C., and is believed to represent a goddess, similar to a fertility idol.

The first owner was Lord Elphont. Within a six-year period after becoming the owners, All seven members of the Elphont family died in supposedly mysterious manners (there's no real record for what their deaths entailed).

The next owner was Ivor Manucci., whose entire family died within a four- year period. Then Lord Thompson-Noel obtained the idol, and also lost his family in a four-year period.

After this time the statue fell into obscurity for several years, but mysteriously was found in a cellar cabinet from where it had ‘disappeared’ from before.
Sir Alan Biverbrook was next to purchase the statue. Shortly after, his wife and two daughters died from a strange illness, followed by Sir Alan Biverbrook a short time later. Sir Biverbrook had two remaining sons and though they weren't big believers in the occult, they were scared enough by the sudden and strange deaths of four of their family members that they decided to donate the statue to the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, where it remains today.
Though the curator claimed not to put stock into the idea of curses or haunted objects, the chief curator where the statue was placed took ill and died within the year. No one has handled the statue since and the item is safely under glass and protected from human hands

Some people theorize that the statue contains a poison or a disease-based fungus or virus on or within the limestone, which I think is always a possibility. But who really wants to test it, amiright?

Thoughts? Theories?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bring on the guys in asbestos suits!

Matthew MacNish said...

I wouldn't touch that thing.

Crystal Collier said...

Holy crazy! I'm right there with you. I was thinking it must have some kind of deadly substance in it. Bizarre to say the least.

Rena said...

As much as I love the idea of a fungus or a virus or something, that doesn't really fit the bill. People associated with it died years and years afterwards. If it were a fungus, your body would build up something. And surely these wealthy people showed it off, what about the people who saw it at parties and such?

Poison on the other hand... What's interesting is that the person MOST LIKELY to be MOST CAREFUL with the object died the most quickly.

I'm putting in my vote for Magic and Curses.

LD Masterson said...

I hope the picture won't contaminate your blog.

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