reply to post by Hanslune
Thats a funny one hans
Jesus in japan
But, there is a fascinating documentary by a french film maker about his quest to find the truth about the bhuddist St. Issa of Nazth.
It really opened my eyes, St Issa was a person who arrived in the hindu-kush in the early years of the first milleium. He came from the west with a
trade carravan, and studdied buddhism at a monastary for a few years before taking his ministry on the road through the himalayan area.
He eventually ended up at another monastary where he returned to his meditation and writing. It is said that he attained enlightenment at this
monastary, that is still there today in Nepal.
They say that they have his original writings still in their library.
The monks at the first monastary he taught at, say that they had a large collection of his works till it was confiscated by the british at the turn
of the century.
The story they tell is that an anglican missionary was given access to their library to read the old works. After coming across the writings of St
Issa they say he left the monastary with one of the works and went to the nearest british governmental seat and returned a couple of weeks later with
a small detachment of british army and they confisctaed the library and hauled off the books never to be seen again.
It is said that siant Issa left the himalaya in his late twenties early thirties to return to his home to preach.
It is also said that he returned many years later and told a tale of surviving crucifixtion.
he is buried at a site in the hindu-kush that is revered by all the local religions.
There is another place, a very high pass (18-19,000 feet), where there is a shrine to him and you will find buddhists, hindus and moslems praying at
There is also a sect of buddhists that revere him, they follow a code of austere living and medatative prayer, sound familiar.
Heres an interesting side note/coincidence the prayer beads that these monks use is exactly the same as the rosary.
The same number of beads and in the same configuration.
The filmmaker also noted that in the earliest depictions of Christ show him in a garment set that is almost identical to that of period buddhist
monks even down to the burgundy colored shawl.
Also, in a sci-am aticle a few years ago, there was a theological historian who put forth that the idea that Jesus survived the crucifixion, with the
help of the jewish underground and sympathizers, ie longinus.
Here theory is that when jesus was stabbed by longinus that the spear was poisoned and that the poison gave the appearance of death.
Longinus's proclomation "In truth this man was son of God", gives some measure of validity to the idea that he was a jewish sympathizer.
Some of the finer points of her theory are, the wound as it is traditionaly depicted would not have been fatal, and if done correctly caused little
Then , the mollusc that royal blue or tyrrian purple is made from is poisinous, and that it is a relative of the mollusc that is used to "zombie
poison" in the carribean. In the right dose it will give the appearance of death for several hrs.
Then there is a old mosaic somewhere in the holy land, that depicts the proccesion, the crucifixion, his removal to the tomb, then there is a curious
panel that shows Him being carried out of the tomb under the cover of night.
The funny thing is that the researcher who put forth this idea was a nun that worked for the vatican, and she was excommunicated for her theory.