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The curse of 74

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Category: Nepal
Forum Name: Nepal Postmarks and Postal History
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Printed Date: 19 September 2020 at 1:28pm
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Topic: The curse of 74
Posted By: MalcolmC
Subject: The curse of 74
Date Posted: 19 October 2019 at 10:24pm
Any collector of Nepal postal history that can read the Devinagri script will have noticed that most early covers bear the numbers 74 on the back. I believe that this is a curse ( leave my mail alone or suffer) but I would like to know the origin. NO such explanation exists on the Internet that I can find.

Posted By: Rainer
Date Posted: 20 October 2019 at 10:26am

I believe it is a warning that anyone who tempers with the cover receives a punishment in the same value as 74 cows.

If i am not wrong, something like that was mentioned in the Tibet handbook of Waterfall.

Posted By: gandarva
Date Posted: 20 October 2019 at 7:05pm
Yes, this is what I learned:

Wrong Person opening other's letter was cleverly deterred by writing ७४ (English 74) on the Envelope Joint. If a wrong Person opens the Envelope, he will be severely cursed. Equivalent to slaughtering 74-Cows. Hindus in Nepal go to worse Hell as a result of single Cow Slaughter. Imagine 74. No one dared open other's Post.

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