Description: There is a curse upon those who take lava rocks from volcanoes on Hawaii
Origin: Hawaii, United States
It is said to be bad luck to take lava rocks from the volcanoes sacred to the goddess Pele in Hawaii - and each day rangers at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park receive rocks that have returned by people who fear the curse. The belief is now widespread, but there is a claim this superstition may be a recent creation of park rangers who were angry about people taking rocks as souvenirs, which is illegal.
A similar curse is said to be in place for rocks taken from Ayers Rock in Australia.
Hawaii Volcanoes - Safer not to sit on
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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