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Just an observation. Araki seems to really like having the idea of curses, more specifically familial curses from the ancient past in his stories.

-In Battle Tendency, Speedwagon was talking about a Joestar curse
-For Stardust Crusaders, "DIO's curse" (the actual term that's used in Chapter 120) plagues the Joestar Family
-In JoJolion, there's the Higashikata Family's curse
-In Rohan at the Louvre, Rohan deals with a cursed painting tied to his ancestor
-In one Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe, there's the story of a family being cursed to die on the Harvest Moon day
-In The Confessionnal one-shot, a hobbo curses a guy
-In "Lives of Eccentrics", the character Sarah Winchester is chased by the vengeful ghosts of the people killed by the weapons her father made

And turns out in Interview:UOMO Magazine (October 2018), Araki says this:

The other thing that scares me is to be held responsible for the actions of my ancestors. It's different from a curse or a divine punishment, but it's kind of like why DIO attacks Jotaro. I feel like that type of ancestral karma exists, and I wouldn't want something like that to fall on me. I wouldn't be able to stand it if I got attacked all of a sudden when it's not even my fault (laughs).

So again, I think this is a neat little thing that Araki does, perhaps unconsciously, to always add ancestral curses that plague the present as a horror element, because that scares him on a personal level, idk why.

Posted by Nabu on 9 October 2021 at 11:22.
Edited by Nabu on 9 October 2021 at 11:22.

I think the Zeppelis may be cursed as well, because it really a coincidence that all the Zeppelis that worked with Joestars have died? This is just a theory, though.

Posted by StationSquare on 9 October 2021 at 14:04.

Good post. I feel like this supports what I've been trying to say since the beginning of JoJolion which is that the Higashikata family curse doesn't exactly need to be expanded beyond the fact that it's a rock disease and it (hopefully and presumably) stopped when (JoJolion spoilers)Tooru and Tsurugi had an equivalent exchange. It's really just a matter of "Araki liked curses, LOLZ".

I do hope that the curse stories gets carried on to Part 9.

Posted by FrizzleLamb on 11 October 2021 at 07:19.