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Thieves who stole Filipino head could be struck down by curse

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

Harold before he was stolen

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Thieves who stole a head from a Street garden could find themselves on the receiving end of a curse.

One resident – who has asked not to be named – was bemused to discover that a head carved from a coconut shell, which is supposed to scare away evil spirits, had vanished from his front garden.

Nicked-named Harold, the head was a gift from the Philippines, and had stood guard over his home since last year.

Coconuts hold an important place in Filipino culture and Harold is said to bring bad luck to anyone who separates him from those he has been protecting.

“We’ve had Harold for a little while, and he had been minding his own business and warding off spirits and scaring children since we were given him,” said his owner.

“But on Thursday night, someone obviously took a bit of a shine to him and stole him from his perch in the garden.

“I’m not entirely sure why anyone would want to take him, he’s not the best looking thing in the world, but I hope now they know he’s cursed they’ll bring him back,” the owner said.

“I don’t want to be responsible for him unleashing a curse.

“They can just drop him back off in our front garden.

“I’m sure Harold will understand and go easy on them.”

If you’ve seen Harold, and aren’t brave enough to drop him back into his owners garden, you can contact the Central Somerset Gazette on 01749 832336, and we’ll do what we can to reunite him with his owners.

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