|The cursed coconut|
Apparently, the presidential election in the Maldives has been disrupted by the outbreak of a cursed coconut.
I kid you not.
I guess black magic is rampant in the Maldives. When the cursed coconut (inscribed with a verse from the Koran) was discovered, the police were quick to act…they called in a white magician who determined that the cursed coconut was fake:
Following the discovery of the ‘cursed’ coconut police brought in a ‘ruqyah’ practitioner (white magician) to examine the coconut.
The expert found the black magic element of the coconut was fake, Maldives channel Minivan News reported. “Because it’s a fake the police are not worried,” the source said.
Minivan said a source told them the 4inch coconut had “a [Koranic verse] written in Arabic [on it] and was lying on the ground near the school, easy for the public to see.
It seems like it was a joke, just a prank, so that people will become aware.”
Call me crazy, but the whole thing seems like a joke. The government even declared it would take responsibility if any school children fell ill due to the accursed coconut.
This is what happens when superstition runs rampant. I guess it’s not a lot more crazy than believing someone can live inside a whale for an extended period of time, or that someone can raise the dead with the wave of a hand.
It’s hard to believe that in 2013 we still cling to this superstitious nonsense. We can double our lifespan, send people into space and map the human genome, but we still believe in white magicians and cursed coconuts.
Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.