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Does the Turin Shroud show the face of the Fisher King ?

By T.K. Randall
March 15, 2022 · Comment icon 19 comments

The Turin Shroud still remains an important religious relic. Image Credit: CC 3.0 Mogadir
Anthropologist David Akins believes that the world-famous relic may have actually been made in England.
The famous shroud, which many believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus himself, has been the subject of debate for years.

Radiocarbon-dating has suggested that the shroud is not actually from the time of Jesus at all but from the medieval period, however conflicting studies and opinions have made it difficult to reach a definitive conclusion over its origins and millions of people continue to believe that it really does bear the image of Christ.

Now according to historian David Akins, the shroud was never used to wrap the body of Jesus (or any other body for that matter) and was in fact created in Burton, England.
In the early 14th-Century, he argues, a life-size statue of the Fisher King was created and put on display in Burton Abbey until reconstruction work necessitated that it be placed in storage.

"Then it was retrieved and placed back on display," he said. "However, when the monks came to unwrap it, they noticed that the alabaster had reacted with chemicals in the mustiness of the cellar and left an image of the Fisher King on the old linen cloth."

"This is where the story of the Turin Shroud begins."

"No doubt one of the monks noticed a similarity between the features of the Fisher King impregnated onto the cloth and those of Jesus Christ and came up with a plan to present it as the shroud of Christ himself."

"The shroud of Christ would have commanded an exceptionally high price as a relic in the 14th-Century. I believe the quick-thinking monks saw an opportunity to make a fortune and decided to sell the cloth to the highest bidder."

Source: Staffordshire Live | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by smokeycat 2 years ago
Looks more like Bigfoot than Jesus. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by HollyDolly 2 years ago
I still think the Shroud of Turin was used to wrap the body of Christ. And this story of a statute of the Fisher King of the Grail stories I have never heard of. Even if Burton Abbey had susch a statute, it doesn't explain the scourge marks and some other features on the shroud itself.Nice try.
Comment icon #12 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
And i do not believe the SoT was used to wrap christ, any human or a statue and the reason is, If i take a lite colored cloth and get it a wee bit damp and set ut aside then take black eye shadow powder and apply it to my eye lids, lips, chin, nose tip ears then lay back eyes closed and lay that cloth on my face and press it down on my eyes, lips ears etc to pick up some power and lift the cloth off my face and lay it flat the image is all weird wide distorted not the pretty well proportioned face etc painted on the shroud. The shroud wasnt wrapped around anything it was created while flat.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Piney 2 years ago
I still think the image is a Frankish knight.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Piney 2 years ago
Yes, because Jesus obviously had Northern European facial features and body structure. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
Way back the first time i saw SoT i thought the knight thing too but in my case for some reason i went with a knight from the round table lore, If hung overlapped then a viewer could see the front and back as the move past it. The subjects hair could be chainmail, look at the back of the subject to me that looks far more like armour than a nude dead body. Where the subjects hands are would fit perfectly with a sword from there to the ground, as many knights posed at rest.    
Comment icon #16 Posted by Piney 2 years ago
@the13bats My theory is because the images musculature shows someone who spent a lifetime on a horse swinging weapons. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by DanL 2 years ago
Why is any sort of image of a male face always the face of Jesus? Why do people make a big deal out of these rather dim images? Do they walk around looking at the clouds and seeing the face of Jesus in each days random cloud arraignment. What I like the best are the ones with the typical European features that   you see all to often in pictures depicting Jesus. They seem to forget that he was a Jewish gentleman of Middle Eastern decent. Throw in the fact that he worked out in the sun for many years before hitting the road to spread his gospel. The often seen view of Jesus as a rather pale ski... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by qxcontinuum 2 years ago
Lies .... 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Occupational Hubris 2 years ago

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