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8 of the strangest sailor superstitions

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A sacrifice can appease the Queen of the Sea and restore your fortunes

One of the richest men in Brazil has sacrificed £130,000 in a bid to appease the Queen of the Sea and change his disastrous fate.

Eike Batista fell victim to one of the largest personal and financial collapses in corporate history. In 2012 Batista had a net worth of $30bn and he was the seventh wealthiest person in the world. Just 18 months later his wealth plummeted to $20m because of debt and his company’s falling stock prices. It's now believed his net worth is -$1bn.

As reported by online news websites, Batista sought the advice of a medium that advised him to make a ritualistic sacrifice to appease the Queen of the Sea and restore his good fortune. “Most of his recent business explorations were connected to the ocean and you cannot remove ore from the earth without thanking and giving back,” the medium warned.

Batista chartered a yacht for the ritual, placing 700,000 Brazilian reais into a small vessel decorated with other small offerings.

The statue of Amphitrite above is courtesy of the Louvre

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