by LINDA PRESTON
IS AYERS ROCK CURSED?
Ayers Rock in Uluru National Park, Australia, has long been regarded as a sacred monument to the Aborigine people.
Tourists arrive in droves to witness its magnificent sunsets.
The rock, which stands at 335 metres(1,100ft) above the arid plains of Alice Springs, is transformed in the dying sunlight.
It becomes a spectacular sight flushed with pink and then blood red.
The Aborigines regard it as being a spiritual place inhabited by friendly spirits.
Some tourists however get carried away with the natural magic of the place and are tempted to pick up pebbles and rocks as a keepsake.
But it is just such mementoes which have now been returned by the hundreds to park rangers, sent by people who feel that they have had nothing but bad luck since they picked them up.
Many of the packages come from as far afield as Europe and the United States and are accompanied by notes and apologetic letters.Some pieces weighing up to 20lb have been arriving in the post.
One British tourist who returned a small chunk of red rock, was quoted in an Australian newspaper as saying: Things were good in my life before I took some of Ayers Rock with me, but since then my wife has had a stroke and things have worked out badly for my children, we have had nothing but bad luck.
Another letter from Arizona claims that by removing some rock it had brought nothing but sickness to the person who had taken it.
An Australian women said that she had suffered a still birth since taking a piece of rock and that she hoped by returning the rock whatever evils that may have been unleashed would now subside.
Park mangers have long promoted the belief that the rock is cursed and display letters from tourists lamenting their problems after removing a piece.
They have done this to make sure the visitors know that it is a sacred place and to deter the taking of souvenirs but the idea has taken root and some truly believe they have been cursed.
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