Sacred Cloth and the Shroud of Turin

Sacred Cloth can be found in many cultures around the world, but one of of the most controversial sacred cloths is the Shroud of Turin, which has the image of a man who was crucified, and this image is infused on linen cloth. A recent article in “The Daily Beast,” sheds some light on the Shroud of Turin, and what is revealed in the cloth itself.

The Shroud of Turin is a large linen cloth imbued with a mysterious image of a tortured, crucified man. According to tradition, it was used, along with other cloths, to wrap the dead body of Jesus, and its image, so believers say, is a miraculous imprint of the crucified Lord. Still cherished by many Catholics as one of the holiest relics of Christianity, the Shroud is regarded by nearly everyone else as a medieval fake, largely on the basis of a carbon-dating test carried out in 1988. Sacred and contentious in equal measure, the relic is exhibited very rarely and is generally kept locked away in a shrine in the Royal Chapel of Turin Cathedral, where it has been housed since the 17th century. There it rests, like a lethargic ghost, occasionally disturbing the intellectual complacency of the modern world, but, for the most part, unseen, discredited and ignored.

Shroud of turin

Perhaps you can decide for yourself whether this image reveals something more than just an image of a man’s face on linen. After a lot of exploration, one can be certain that there are certain extraordinary components to the image, and how it is reflected through the cloth, that make it worthy of careful consideration. The sudarium is another cloth that an image appeared on in 1450.  Some say that it is a high frequency light, that created the image. Whatever your thoughts may be on this subject of sacred cloth and the shroud of turin, it is worth  examining. As for me, I think it is extraordinary, and the image cannot be dismissed as mere ordinary phenomenon. Go to the daily beast and read for yourself.



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