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The 13 Crystal Skulls
The 13 Crystal Skulls, non-authentic.
The myth, or legend, of the Crystal Skulls has floated around for many years. Supposedly, there were 13 of them, imbued with magical power/ancient spells/a strange and mysterious vibe. And if they were ever gathered together in one room...something magical/mystical/awesome/earth-shattering was supposed to happen.

Right?'s a short video trailer from the Smithsonian: Legend of the Crystal Skulls

Here's a tidbit from a different website:

Elements of the 13 crystal skulls legend

The basic elements of the 13 crystal skulls legend is that at a pivotal time in humanity's history, the 13 crystal skulls will be reunited to awaken a new era - transforming from an old paradigm into a new world.

Sadly, when I read to the end of this page, I discovered that, after all their mysterious hints of prophesy, etc, what they were actually doing is selling sets of crystal skulls for $299. I had to laugh =)

But the "Skull of Doom," also known as the Mitchell-Hedges skull, is really quite fascinating.

The Skull of Doom

Mitchell-Hedges and Anna, however, have themselves made claims for its supposed powers and helped create its previous mystique as a "Skull of Doom." Others have helped them.

A March 1962 Fate article by John Sinclair (entitled "Crystal Skull of Doom") detailed some anecdotes about the malign things that supposedly happen to people who make fun of the skull. One concerned a Zulu witch doctor who, in 1949 (at the request of the skeptical tribal chief), reportedly spat at the thing, performed a mockery dance at it, and was subsequently killed in a hut (along with a wife of the tribe's chief) by a lightning flash out of the single cloud in a formerly cloudless sky. Another such tale was about a news photographer who, not long after the death of the witch doctor, belittled the skull as he photographed it, yelling, "Will me to death! Rot!" Upon leaving Mitchell-Hedges' abode, he drove straight into a truck, killing himself. (A variation on this story, reported elsewhere, recounted that his darkroom supposedly blew up and killed him as he was developing the pictures of the skull.)

In addition, the Sinclair article recounted the deaths of a woman reporter who had belittled the skull (and perished by a mysterious infection leading to heart failure), a New Zealand girl who had challenged it (another heart failure), and even mildly hinted that the heart-attack death of Mitchell-Hedges himself may have been due to the curse of the skull. ("But what induced it no doctor could say.") Other sources have given cerebral embolism as the cause of Mitchell-Hedges' death.

Quoted in the same article, Mitchell-Hedges himself is supposed to have begged Anna to bury the crystal skull with him: "Priceless as this treasure may be, it is a thing of evil and must die with me." If this is accurate, Anna did not respect her foster father's wishes.

Read more here

This is the skull upon which the Indiana Jones movie, "Legend of the Crystal Skulls," was based.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Monday! Today, Sunday, I am going to a Pat Benatar concert =)

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