Saturday, July 31, 2010

Irish grandmother parades murdered husband's skull on pitchfork...

Irish grandmother parades murdered husband's skull on pitchfork...

An Irish grandmother murdered her husband before digging up his body and parading his skull around on a pitchfork.

Vera McGrath, from County Westmeath, threw a party to celebrate killing her husband Brian, who was beaten to death by her and former son-in-law Colin Pinder in 1987, The Irish Sun reports.

McGrath was found guilty of murder at Central Criminal Court yesterday and will be jailed for life.

Pinder, 47, was convicted over Mr McGrath's manslaughter and will be sentenced in November.

Pinder's son Leon told The Irish Sun his "devil" grandmother boasted to him about the killing.

"She decided to burn the body — they had a party when they did it. At one stage my grandfather's head was on a pitchfork and held up," Mr Pinder, 22, said.

"Vera danced around the fire. The skull was smashed to pieces — I was told it was nearly smashed to dust."

Mr Pinder said his gran also told him how the victim pleaded for his life before he was beaten to death by McGrath and his father.

Acknowledgements: MSN News

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ship found under WTC in New York...

Ship found under New York's World Trade Centre in New York....

MSN NZ staff

Workers at the New York's World Trade Centre site are excavating a 10 metre-long ship hull archaeologists discovered at Ground Zero.

The ship is believed to have been used in the 18th century as part of the fill that extended lower Manhattan into the Hudson River.

Archaeologist Molly McDonald said it was hoped portions of the ship could be left intact, despite the fragile nature of the old timber.

Samples of the ship have been sent to a laboratory for testing on the ship's exact age.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Did Jesus actualy die on the cross...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...Image via Wikipedia

Did Jesus  actualy die on the cross...

Found this excellent blog post I would like to share with you. Part of it at least. Read the remainder through the provided link.

I ask you all to comment on this one as when I read it I found it intriguing. not my PERSONAL VIEW (as you know I am a Wiccan) but I always give consideration to items that pass before me.

Jesus may not have died nailed to the cross because there is no evidence that the Romans crucified prisoners two thousand years ago, a scholar has claimed.

The legend of his execution is based on the traditions of the Christian church and artistic illustrations rather than antique texts, according to theologian Gunnar Samuelsson.

He claims the Bible has been misinterpreted as there are no explicit references the use of nails or to crucifixion - only that Jesus bore a "staurus" towards Calvary which is not necessarily a cross but can also mean a "pole".

Mr Samuelsson, who has written a 400-page thesis after studying the original texts, said: "The problem is descriptions of crucifixions are remarkably absent in the antique literature.

"The sources where you would expect to find support for the established understanding of the event really don't say anything."

The ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew literature from Homer to the first century AD describe an arsenal of suspension punishments but none mention "crosses" or "crucifixion."

Mr Samuelsson, of Gothenburg University, said: "Consequently, the contemporary understanding of crucifixion as a punishment is severely challenged.

"And what's even more challenging is the same can be concluded about the accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus. The New Testament doesn't say as much as we'd like to believe."

Any evidence that Jesus was left to die after being nailed to a cross is strikingly sparse - both in the ancient pre-Christian and extra-Biblical literature as well as The Bible.

Mr Samuelsson, a committed Christian himself, admitted his claims are so close to the heart of his faith that it is easy to react emotionally instead of logically.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Did sin-eaters actually exist in the Roman Catholic Church...

roman catholic church in Blum─âna/BolonyaImage via Wikipedia

Did sin-eaters actually exist in the Roman Catholic Church...

I recently watched a movie on television about The Sin-Eater; did sin-eaters actually exist within the Roman Catholic Church, I wonder? Read the following article and try and get an answer.

A sin-eater is a traditional type of spiritual healer who uses a ritual to cleanse the dying of their sins. The sin-eater absorbs the sins of the people he or she serves and typically works for a fee. As the sins are usually consumed through food and drink, the sin-eater also gains a meal through the transaction. Sin-eaters are often outcasts, as the work may be considered unsavory and is usually thought to lead to an afterlife in hell due to carrying the unabsolved sins of others. The Roman Catholic Church regularly excommunicated sin-eaters when they were more common, not only because of the excessive sins they carried, but also because they infringed upon the territory of priests, who are supposed to administer Last Rites to the dying according to Church Doctrine.

The sin-eater saves the dying not only from hell, but also from wandering the earth as a ghost - thereby performing a service for the living as well. In some traditions, sin-eaters perform their work for the moribund, while in others, the ritual takes place at the funeral. The sin-eater is usually associated with the British Isles, but there are analogous customs in other cultures as well.

A sin-eater typically consumes bread as part of the ritual of taking on the dying person's sins. He or she may also eat salt or drink water or ale. Sometimes, special breads are baked for the purpose of the sin-eating ritual, perhaps featuring the initials or image of the deceased. The meal is sometimes passed over the dead or dying body or placed on its breast to symbolize its absorption of the person's sins. The sin-eater may also recite a special prayer.

Some cultures have customs that are similar to sin-eating and may have evolved from more traditional forms of the ritual. Instead of a designated, outcast sin-eater serving a village, for example, the deceased's nearest relatives may perform the service, as was once traditional in Bavaria and the Balkan Peninsula. In the Netherlands and some parts of England, ritual baked goods were given to the attendants or pallbearers at a funeral. This latter tradition lived on for a time in New York. Today, the custom of the sin-eater has largely died out, though it is often referenced in popular culture.

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