Friday, November 11, 2005

Annals of reliquary: The Buddha "bird" 

A 2,500-year-old fragment of bone believed to be one of Buddha's fingers went on public display in Seoul Friday after arriving from China, officials said...

The 3 1/2-week exhibition will be the first showing of the relic in South Korea. It has previously been displayed in Thailand in 1994, Taiwan in 2002, and Hong Kong in 2004....

"This is an important event in the 1,600-year history of friendly relations between the two countries," the head of the Chinese delegation, monk Sheng Hui, was quoted as saying.

UPDATE: In other body-parts-from-history news, Napoleon's tooth is apparently off the market.


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