Strange "Cursed Stone" Disappears After Researchers Study it, Recommend it Be Destroyed

Strange “Cursed Stone” Disappears After Researchers Study it, Recommend it Be Destroyed


A couple months back we brought you the story about a mysterious stone donated to a Vietnamese temple, a rock covered in bizarre hieroglyphics and rumored by locals to cast spells.

Well, thanks to studies recently performed by scientists and spiritualists alike, the object has been deemed a “bad influence” and disappeared from the Hungs King Temple before it could be destroyed as recommended.

After an order to remove the magic stone was passed down from the local government, Mr. Thieu Vinh, chief of the office of Phu Tho People’s Committee, told reporters that the temple management board had transported the rock out of the temple in late May, but their report made no mention of where it disappeared to.


20130607171056-1Initially, some experts thought that the rock may be an amulet for happiness and virtues, but admitted that they were unable to decipher many of the mysterious etchings, leading to a lot of speculation about bad omens and curses. Now it would appear that researchers agree.

On June 6, Union of Vietnam Science Association researcher Pham Thuc said told experts that much of the information given to them about the stone was initially false.

“The two talismans painted on the two sides of the stone originate from China and the drawing is not the bagua of Saint Tran (a sort of diagram of ancient cosmology) as was originally explained by those related,” he told gathered researchers. “The contents of Chinese and Sanskrit letters on the talismans are different from the previous explanation.”

Thuc pointed out that the first talisman was related only to the pursuit of “personal interests”, not for the peace and prosperity of the country and the people of Vietnam. The second talisman is associated with “geopolitical aspects”, so he recommended that the rock be destroyed immediately.

Of course by that time, the magical rock was gone. According to a report in the Vietnam Bridge, the stone was whisked away by Nguyen Minh Thong, the same man who initially donated the bizarre object.

Was the cursed stone’s donation to the Hungs Kings Temple a magical trojan horse intended to facilitate bad mojo? Or was it simply an interesting piece of art that did it’s job a little too well? Let us know what you think! Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, tweet us @WhoForted, or join the discussion below!


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  1. @PROF_Paranormal

    06/10/2013 at 5:22 AM

    Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes. Article via Who Forted? – The ‘Zine About Weird Stuff.

  2. Coppertop

    06/10/2013 at 5:46 AM

    So are there any weird stories about what happened in the area while the stone was in the temple? Like, weird mojo stories? Spooky ghostly apparitions, weird accidents, elevated tension, that sort of thing?

    • Greg Newkirk

      06/10/2013 at 5:51 AM

      You know, I actually went looking for some this morning but haven’t had much luck. Maybe it’s because I can’t find an easy way to search in Vietnamese, but I’ll keep looking. Most of the old articles from when the rock first appeared were mostly just “experts” saying things that amounted to “I get bad vibes from this thing, I think it can curse us, it scares me”.

      I’d LOVE to get some personal stories about it.

  3. alanborky

    06/10/2013 at 1:59 PM

    Greg where you getting the pics of this stone from because I’m not entirely convinced the stone depicted above’s the same as the one in the original story.

    There’s a general similarity of shape but the one above seems more rounded and polished but it seems to sit on a duller far less polished looking slate like base yet the other seemingly slightly more angular less polished stone seems almost to emerge from its much more polished much more expensive looking base.

    Of course we could be looking at two different sides of the same thing but the artwork on the stone above seems more modern in style and graffiti like in almost rushed execution while the original stone’s artwork seems more traditional and ploddingly executed.

    Also what’s that spilt milkshake like gunge at its base?

    • Greg Newkirk

      06/10/2013 at 2:42 PM

      It’s funny, because I was thinking the same thing when I wrote this up. The image of the stone was taken directly from the source article, and my only thought is that maybe we’re looking at it from a different angle than the previous photo showed it. The old image definitely showed a lot more weird markings. Maybe this is the back?

      As for the milkshake grunge, you’ve got me. Maybe thats what bad mojo looks like in it’s pure form.

  4. R.A.

    06/13/2013 at 10:42 AM

    A brief summary:

    Man shows up with rock. All agree it is a Nice Rock, it shall be enshrined. However, pre-enshrinement cleansing reveals Nice Rock is actually an Evil Stone. Experts in stone evil are called; after some examination Experts announce it is, indeed, an Evil Stone. Proclamation issued by local authority ordering destruction of Evil Stone to prevent evil; but original owner whisks Evil Stone away into darkness like ninja. Collective sigh of relief.

    Questions of “WTF??” aside, I am so glad stuff like this actually happens. The world would be a dull place without Evil Stone Ninjas.

    • Bill

      06/15/2013 at 11:17 AM

      It has all the ear-marks of Lovecraftian goings-on behind the scenes.

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