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Old 20 November 2009, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by RivkahChaya View Post
I've always wondered how the shroud, of all the fake relics floating around medieval Europe, the shroud managed to persist.
It's not the only one by any means. I went to the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, and although there were no "Jesus" relics that I saw (possibly because it's an Islamic country), in one unexpected museum they had David's sword, John the Baptist's staff I think, somebody else's turban / hat, as well as half Mohammed's beard and rooms full of things from other saints, all suspiciously new-looking, and clearly not real to anybody who cares about actual reality rather than symbolism. (Well, there's a chance that some of the bits of Mohammed's beard might have been real I suppose; unlike the True Cross at least beards regrow so maybe he was constantly giving away clippings during his lifetime.)
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