Religious statue has human teeth

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An 18th century statue of the Lord of Patience in San Bartolo Cuautlalpan, Mexico has human teeth, specialists restoring the artwork have discovered through X-rays. From BBC News:

40804097"The teeth were probably donated as a token of gratitude," suggests head restorer Fanny Unikel. Elsewhere in Mexico, parishioners are known to have volunteered their hair to make wigs for saints, as well as clothing or money. But the teeth and nails of statues are usually made of bones and animal horns. "It's the first time human teeth have been found in a sculpture," says Unikel.

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  1. vector says:

    ...hey, at least it's Catholicism, and not some creepy cult, amirite?

  2. I wonder if the statue... like... ate some dude... with his own teeth. Woah!

  3. This isn't really that startling to people (like me) who were raised as Catholics, since Roman Catholicism has included relics (i.e. pieces of dead saints and various substances and things associated with Jesus and Mary, including splinters of wood alleged to have come from the True Cross and the Shroud of Turin) since time immemorial, and the altars in all Catholic churches have traditionally included relics, although online information is ambiguous as to whether that's actually required. To me, the really startling thing here is the realism of the statue, with its exposed cheekbone. Even for someone raised in a faith that featured some pretty realistic crucifixes, that's extraordinary.

  4. I'm just throwing this out there, there's a 100% chance that that statue used to be a real person until he got turned into a statue except for his teeth by some sort of crazy Catholic magic.

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