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Ecce Mater tua.  A Flemish baroque engraving of a young Jesus pointing towards a portrait of Mary. The Latin text below is from John 19:27: Behold your mother.

Ecce Mater tua A Flemish baroque engraving of a young Jesus pointing towards a portrait of Mary. The Latin text below is from John Behold your mother.

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Crossed Arms. . . A drawing of the curse tablet targeting Porcello. Both the deity and Porcello have their arms crossed, as an element of the curse that was cast on Porcello.

Image Gallery: Two Ancient Curses

A drawing of the curse tablet targeting Porcello. Both the deity and Porcello have their arms crossed, as an element of the curse that was cast on Porcello.

This tablet contains a curse directed at a Roman senator named Fistus, possibly the only known case of a curse targeting a senator. An eight-point star covers the deity's genitals and snakes project out of its head. The curse is written in Latin with Greek invocations.

Image Gallery: Two Ancient Curses

This tablet contains a curse directed at a Roman senator named Fistus. The tablet is dated from the late Roman/Byzantine Period.

The Bologna 'Defixiones' is unusual because of its mixture of terrifying demonic figures and text - and, Natalias, says, could invoke the 'three-formed' goddess Hekate, often seen as the 'mother' of witches.  The first figure, with snakes streaming out of his/her head, and a crown is thought to be the demon - or goddess - who is being called on to carry out the curse.  'The deity of the Bologna curse is barefoot and has a magic sign on the breast - and also has an eight-point star in its…

'Black magic' curse inscribed onto ancient stone tablet calling on the 'mother of witches' to bind victim found hidden in museum

The Bologna 'Defixiones' is unusual because of its mixture of terrifying demonic figures and text - and, Natalias, says, could invoke the 'three-formed' goddess Hekate, often seen as the 'mother' of witches. The first figure, with snakes streaming out of his/her head, and a crown is thought to be the demon - or goddess - who is being called on to carry out the curse. 'The deity of the Bologna curse is barefoot and has a magic sign on the breast - and also has an eight-point star in its…

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