Friday, April 21, 2006

The Case of Monk Vissarionas Korkoliakos

Yesterday, I read this in The Daily Star newspaper:

ATHENS: As Greek churchgoers prepare for Orthodox Easter this weekend, a simple monk who died 15 years ago but has not decomposed is stealing the show from the usual solemn ritual.

The discovery that Vissarionas Korkoliakos remains largely preserved - along with his monastic robes and book of Gospels - is being hailed as a "sign," in a country strong on religious tradition that loves miracles.
Medical experts attribute his state to low humidity conditions in the above-ground tomb.

"If the body were to be reburied, the process of decomposition would presumably continue," Athens coroner Nikos Karakoukis told Net state television. "If it did not, then the phenomenon would be inexplicable."


As expected, different people have different opinions regarding this case. I would go with Athens coroner's opinion on this subject.


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