Generational Curses: Fukú

 

Believing in spirits and generational curses have kept us busy! There are many reasons for the popularity of the generation-curse concept. Many countries have traditions stemming back centuries that have served as great bed-time stories and beliefs to help guide our lives respectively. In the book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, delights us about the wonder history of Fuku.

Fukú is an ancient curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. The curse derives from a long line of traditions, especially, “the perfect blend of bad luck mixed with mayhem that one could fall into or get thrown at by the biggest sorcerer: life.” This word or curse arrived to a nearby island of the Dominican Republic

Alike Fuku, there have been many curses known to not only bring down longtime Dominican dictator Trujillo but there’s the infamous misfortune of the Kennedy’s, The Curse of the Billy Goat, the Hope Diamond, and the Tecumseh’s curse which is reputed to the cause of deaths of Presidents of the United States, beginning in 1840.

 

Ushers with goat at Wrigley Field. (Credit: Keystone-France/Getty Images)
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Fuku + Oscar = that he can’t get laid. He’s a bit overweight, he’s awkward, he’s into comic books and fantasy novels and role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, and he doesn’t know how to talk to girls.  Does the Fuku curse that brings down Oscar — a nerdy fatboy, disparaged and done for by age seven, the one Dominican teenager in all New Jersey who can’t lose his virginity break its pattern and free him?

 

 

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  • Classy Green

    Great Post Ben.

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