Island of bad luck

Residents of the small village of Nabutautau, located on the island of Viti Leu (Fiji), for a long time were sure that a curse hung over them. Almost like over the heroes of the famous Soviet song "The Island of Bad Luck" from the comedy "The Diamond Hand". Moreover, the islanders knew exactly the roots of their failures.

In 1867, the English missionary Thomas Baker visited these places. And he paid for it with his own life. Ignorance of local traditions ended tragically for the European. The pale-faced alien was cooked and eaten.

A variety of versions of the tragic incident are given, but they all boil down to the fact that Baker himself became the culprit of his own death. During a conversation with a local leader, the Englishman decided to present him with a gift. This is where historians disagree. Some argue that Baker decided to give the leader a hat, others claim a comb. In a word, over the years, no one remembers exactly what the gift was.

But, handing it over to the leader, Baker accidentally touched the head of the ruler with his hand, which was considered by the local aborigines a serious crime, for which the death penalty was imposed. The verdict was immediately carried out - the guest was killed and eaten.

From that time on, a curse hung over the village of Nabutautau. Everything is like in the famous song - "Crocodile is not caught, coconut does not grow." All attempts to placate their spirits have led nowhere. And this series of failures lasted for 136 years.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the inhabitants of Nabutautau decided to take the last step - to find the descendants of the Englishman who died here and to offer them a sincere apology. Even local authorities got involved in such a noble cause. After a long search, 10 of Baker's relatives were found in Australia. All of them were invited to Nabutautau for an official ceremony of "reconciliation".

A solemn service was held on the central square of the village, after which the descendants of the English missionary declared that they did not dislike the islanders and did not have any complaints against them. It even turned out that Thomas Baker's shoes were preserved in Nabutautau, which were transferred to the nearest church.

All descendants of the missionary received a cow as a gift, and the Prime Minister of Fiji, who was present at this unusual ceremony, promised that electricity would be installed in the village in the near future. Perhaps life for the unlucky descendants of cannibals will begin to improve.