What is The Shroud of Turin?

What is The Shroud of Turin?


In this article we will be taking a look at the length of linen that for centuries was purported to be the burial garment of Jesus Christ – What is The Shroud of Turin, and was it really used to wrap the body of Jesus?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Holy Shroud

The Holy Shroud (or Santa Sindone as it’s known in Italy) has been held since 1578 in Turin’s royal chapel of the cathedral of San Giovanni Battista. It is 4.3 metres long and 1.1 metres wide.

The strange, haunting cloth seems to show a pair of faint images of the back and front of a man. This man has a very gaunt look to his facial appearance and is thought to have been about 5 foot 7 inches tall.

The material and these images give the appearance that a body had been laid lengthwise along one half of it, then the other half had been folded over so that it covered the front of the man’s body.

What’s really fascinating about the images is that they seem to show the same injuries that Christ would have had, when you consider the crucifixion – thorn marks on the head, lacerations (as if from flogging) on the back, and blood stains all over the shroud.

The Holy Shroud


Geoffroi de Charnay

The Holy Shroud first popped up in historic records when the famous knight, Geoffroi de Charnay, was spotted with it in his possession. From here it is then recorded as going on exhibition in 1389…but the local bishop of Troyes branded it a joke and a fake.

However, popes from Julius II onward have all taken it’s authenticity for granted.

In 1453 Geoffroi de Charnay’s granddaughter, Marguerite, handed the Holy relic over to the house of Savoy at Chambéry. It stayed here until it was unfortunately damaged by fire, then water in 1532.

The shroud was then taken to the new Savoyard capital of Turin in 1578, where it has been exhibited on rare occasions since. A replica usually takes it place for public viewing.

Geoffroi de Charnay



So, is it authentic or not?

Was this the cloth that Jesus’s body was wrapped in?

Very hard question to answer…

In the 1970’s, tests began to find out whether or not the images were the result of paints or other pigments, even fire or scorch marks. All the results came back inconclusive.

In 1988 the Vatican provided three laboratories in different countries with tiny samples of the shroud, so that they could carry out carbon-14 dating. All three labs concluded that the shroud was dated from between 1260 and 1390. Certain experts now believe that these tests were false, and their methods used were wrong.

The Vatican still recommends that Christians continue to worship the shroud as a holy relic.

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The Madonna With Saint Giovannino UFO

The Madonna With Saint Giovannino UFO

The painting named The Madonna with Saint Giovannino is a 15th century piece of art that has been causing a stir among Ancient Alien theorists for many decades now. Many ufologists firmly believe that there is some kind of UFO included in the picture’s skyline.

But this is not the only example of antique art depicting alien life – numerous other historical paintings also include strange objects in their skyline settings. Is this proof that aliens have been visiting us for centuries?

Let’s take a closer look…

Controversy – Who Painted it?

Domenico Ghirlandaio is most often credited with painting this strange piece of art that shows the UFO…but the true painter of The Madonna with San Giovannino is still in dispute.

Jacopo del Sellaio and Sebastiano Mainardi have in the past, both been linked to the painting. Mainardi was actually the brother-in-law of Ghirlandaio who learned everything he knew about art from him.

The Madonna With Saint Giovannino

UFO or Religious Symbology?

So what is that strange flying object in the background of the picture? Why does it look so much like a UFO?

Many skeptics believe that there is a simple explanation for it’s inclusion in the picture. They believe it to be a representation of the gospel passage from the Gospel of Luke 2:8….

“Shepherds abiding in the field keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, an angel of the Lord come upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them”

The Florentine Renaissance period offered many paintings which included some form of ‘shepherd and dog’ nativity scene – frequently looking up at the sky towards a bright shining object. More often than not these objects are simply meant to be angels or stars.

But not everyone goes along with this biblical angle…

To be brutally honest – there are no wings or body to suggest that this is meant to be some sort of angel.

Is it really a painted experience of an ancient UFO encounter?

Is it a mistake that the artist made, and couldn’t be bothered to cover up (i.e. turned it into something else?)

Or is it simply misinterpretation and a lack of understanding of religious iconography throughout art history?

It’s worth remembering that until recently, the Catholic church has gone out of it’s way to shun scientific fact and the thought of life on other planets. Why would so many painters of religious contexts opt to include something that their faith does not believe in?

If you have any thoughts or opinions on The Madonna With Saint Giovannino UFO painting, please leave them in the comment section below.

Are Guardian Angels Real?

Are Guardian Angels Real?

Most of us have had that eerie yet comfortable feeling in life – the moment where we feel someone must be watching over us.

Maybe it’s a close shave with tragedy?

Maybe it’s a welcome stroke of luck?

Maybe it’s just a feeling that we are not alone?

Although the whole concept of a guardian angel watching over us has an extremely personal feel to it, for many of us, it’s actually a universal notion. In fact it’s been around for centuries – appearing in the most prominent religions known to man.

But guardian angels tend to bring more questions than answers with them – how much control do they have over our lives? Are they lost loved ones returning to protect us? Is there a way we can contact them? Are guardian angels real?

What Are Guardian Angels?

So what kind of divine assignments do these hardworking spiritual beings fulfill? What are guardian angels and why have they been put in place to protect us?

Guardian angels are charged by god to watch over specific people during their entire lifespan on Earth.

Ancient Greek philosophy, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all believe that these spiritual entities are charged with a lifetime care of humans.

They are protectors, they pray for us and they guide us.

True Stories About Guardian Angels

This website is not here to tell you one thing is right or another is wrong – it’s not the reason behind why we set it up.

We simply want to give a voice to the opinions that are normally scoffed at in modern society.

Do I believe in the subjects myself and my writers publish to this site?

Well I’ll leave that one up to you…but writing about subjects you have no real interest in is not the way I want to spend my life…

Anyway, the results of a Baylor University survey carried out in 2008 revealed that fifty-five percent of those surveyed expressed some sort of belief in guardian angels.

In fact, they are one of the most widely believed paranormal phenomenons of the western world. Reading the stories below about real life encounters with guardian angels, it’s very easy to see why so many people believe in them…

Who Answered The Phone?

A unnamed care worker was working one weekend evening in a ‘not-so-great part of town’ visiting a patient. Once she had finished the session she remembered she hadn’t called her young son’s babysitter regarding the upcoming week’s schedule.

There was no answer on her cell phone so the mother simply left a message on her voicemail with a request to call her back. She placed her own cell phone on the passenger seat of her car and drove off into the night to pick up her son from his father’s house.

When she finally arrived home her phone rang and her babysitter was on the other end of the line – she immediately started teasing the care worker about a ‘new man in her life’.

The care worker had no idea what she was talking about and the babysitter informed her that she had phoned her back minutes after she had missed the original call.

“Who answered your phone?” she asked.

The babysitter knew she had the right number because she used the call-back feature – a man picked up and answered…

She had hesitatingly asked if the care worker was there and the man had replied “She can’t come to the phone right now.”

He had a a warm, pleasant voice and he informed the babysitter that now was not a good time to talk to her employer. He told her to call back a little later and she hung up…thoroughly confused!

Who intercepted that call on the care worker’s phone?  And why?

Nobody had been in the car with her and the phone had not rang her end.

Would she have been in danger if she’d been distracted by answering her phone? Did her guardian angel step in save her from certain danger?

The Angels Wings

This report comes from the viewpoint of a lady back in 1979 as she was driving along Alameda and Firestone in the City of South Gate, California.

As she was driving along with her two kids in the car (aged 3 and 6) the headlights suddenly failed and sparks started flying out of the muffler area of her vehicle.

She attempted to make an emergency U turn on the Firestone even after she noticed the signs reading “No Stopping Or Parking At Any Time”.

She noticed that about a half a mile back, the light signal was on red but she figured she still had enough to get the scared kids out of the parked car and line the family up along the side of the fence on the road…she was wrong!

She managed to get the kids lined up tightly against the fence but as she got out of the car herself a large brown van hit her.

As she was hit she heard a strange swishing sound above her head that seemed to block out all other noises. She suddenly looked up and realized that she was okay – not a scratch on her!

The brown van pulled up in front of her car and the driver got out – considerably shaken.

He had seen the whole thing and had no idea how his van had managed to travel straight through this lady without harming her?

To this day, the lady swears that the sound she heard was that of her guardian covering her with his wings as the van passed right through her…

An Angel Helps

The following report comes from a girl named Laura from Pictou County in Nova Scotia, Canada.

At the time of the incident Laura was 18 years of age and happily celebrating the upcoming graduation with her friends Sara and Jess.

It was kind of like a tradition in their area – every grad class would get up early one morning, all meet, and go to their teachers’ houses, where they would cook and eat breakfast!

Sara and Jess turned up about 6 in the morning to pick Laura up and they started the journey in the cold snow to meet their classmates.

They realized they would probably be a bit early so Sara suggested they visit her brother’s grave first (who had tragically died about a year before).

They drove to the nearby cemetery and parked on a steep hill – Sara’s brother was buried nearby. She got out of the car alone and went and spent 5 minutes by her brother’s grave.

Sara returned to the car and thanked Laura and Jess for going to the cemetery with her. She started up the car only to find that the wheels were stuck in the snow they had parked in.

The three girls tried for what seemed like an eternity to move the car but it was well and truly stuck in a rut. The nearest house was miles from the cemetery and it was early in the morning – there was nobody to help them.

The girls were in a bit of a panic. Sara turned towards where her brother was buried and cried “Ricky, please help us!”

Almost immediately, a man with shoulder-length blond hair and crystal-blue eyes was standing next to the car. The girls told the man that they were stuck and the car wouldn’t move and he simply replied “I know”.

Suddenly the blond man got in the car and reversed it out from it’s stuck position. The wheels did not spin and the car seemed to glide effortlessly onto the nearby pavement.

Sara enthusiastically said thank you. All he said was, “You asked for help, so I came.” And that was it.

The three girls got back into the car and just sat there for a moment, not saying a word. When they turned around the man had vanished.

They got back out of the car to see where he had gone and noticed that there were no footprints leading up to or away from the car other than Sara’s.

They drove back down the hill suspecting that it must of been the direction the man traveled in but again, no footprints.

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Man and Death: The Reincarnation of Shanti Devi

Man and Death: The Reincarnation of Shanti Devi

Man is “obsessed” with death and records dating as far back as our very own existence goes have proven this.

Stories like the reincarnation of Shanti Devi have stirred up even more complicated debates and confusion as man continues to probe into the afterlife.

Where do we go when we die?

The ever so important question without a definitive answer!

Different Sides The Same Coin

Muslims have a heaven, just like the Christians, but with slightly exaggerated perks like the 70 virgins when you die in a “Jihad” related cause.

Atheists on the other hand are a terribly divided house. Most of them believe that death is the end of everything.

However, a bigger number shares the Hindu’s belief in reincarnation.

The major difference of course being while Atheists don’t believe in the existence of an almighty supreme being, Hindus have a couple of deities; some of them like Lord Krishna being a reincarnation himself!

In fact Shanti Devi is on record saying that she saw Krishna when she died {Interview by Sushil Bose, 1939}.

So who is Shanti Devi and why is she special? Could she possibly be the answer to our deep search into the realms of death and the afterlife? Can we really get a second chance at life?


The story begins in Delhi, way back in 1926 where little Shanti is born to a normal middle class family. Everything is okay until she turns 4 and this can explain why her Gospel began in 1930.

“Do you know I have a husband and a son and my name is actually Lagdi? In fact I have a house in Mathura and I want to go back there and see my family…”.

Such an odd statement from a four year old who was before then known to stay silent by herself right?

Her parents think nothing of it until she insists on going to Mathura and back to the arms of her previous husband Kedar Nath.

Things take a surprising turn when a letter sent the address she keeps talking about is replied with all her claims confirmed.

Her parents later decide to pursue the issue and big names come into the picture. Mahatma Gandhi and half the Indian House of Representatives turn their attention to this little wonder who might hold answers to their strong reincarnation belief.

Shanti is taken to Mathura accompanied by an entourage of dignitaries who go on to confirm that indeed the little girl recalls details and people from her former hometown but this is not enough to convince the world.


A Swedish critic picks up his bags and heads to India to prove to the rest of the world that Gandhi and all the other “witnesses” might have ended up with flawed conclusions since it was clear they all shared the same views about life and religion.

It’s true that their investigation could have been biased and driven by the desperation to find elusive answers within their own religion.

But Sture Lonnerstrand later swallows his words and reports that Shanti appears to have Lagdi living inside her. Another confirmation and twist to a bizarre story…

Further Evidence

Yet more evidence is reported from several interviews and studies carried out by professionals like Dr. Ian Stevenson and relations from both families involved.

Several stories report that Kedar Nath begged to have some alone time with the 9 year old Shanti and she was able to describe their previous sexual encounters with vivid detail.

Apparently Lagdi suffered from arthritis and the couple had to become creative in the bedroom for things to work.

Shanti knew the positions they used during sex!

According to Kedar Nath, only Lagdi would have known such details since it was her who came up with the styles!

Was it okay that a grown man was allowed to discuss such intricate matters with a minor?

Well, even Gandhi thought it was fine; anything to get to the truth right….?

The above story is just one of the many afterlife accounts recorded in the history of man. The problem with getting hard proof about events that took place decades ago is the differences in versions told and the credibility of the sources.

So what do you think about the reincarnation of Shanti Devi? Fact or fiction?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

People Who Have Seen Hell

People Who Have Seen Hell

Most of us try to avoid the thought that in the afterlife we may be destined for a place down-under. There are some unfortunate people walking among us though, people who have seen hell.

If we have learned anything from Dante Alighieri and the tale of his decent into the depths of hell, experiencing the eternal torment of malevolent entities gleaning pleasure from human abasement is not something many want to experience.

For those unfortunate individuals who claim to have sojourned into the inferno our worst nightmares have become their experience, their reality…

The Other Side

Nearly all of us have heard of near death experiences. When we hear the stories of those who have had a near death experience we hear a lot of talk about light and peace, but what about the other side of the other-side?

There are some woeful people among us who have had the displeasure of standing face to face with the devil and taking a frightful trip through the pit.

Angie Fenimore, a woman who attempted suicide years ago, had such an experience. The website “Cracked” conducted an interview with Fenimore and in it she alleges that when she was momentarily pronounced clinically dead she experienced a flashback of the events of her life.

Hell - Unknown Master - Portugal

However, instead of the light we so often hear about, she was encompassed in complete darkness.

According to Angie, she was able to communicate with other souls that were aimlessly wandering the darkness and was then placed in what she could only describe as a field of wandering souls.

Jennifer Perez

One young lady, a girl of only fifteen claims that she too has had visions of hell. Jennifer Perez claims in an article on the website “Devine Revelations” that when she made her journey into the afterlife she was confronted by a great wall and was set in front of God and the angels.

In her testimony, the angel escorted her on a dark path in which she could see souls being tormented by demonic entities.

Her tale of the journey into hell ended with the angel Gabriel telling her that God was going to give her another chance at life.

Jennifer gladly accepted that chance and has been trying to live her life to the best of her abilities, trying at all cost to evade damnation again.

Matthew Botsoford

Matthew Botsoford, in comparison to the other claims, actually testified that he experienced the torture himself.

After being shot and pronounced clinically dead three times he had the uncut tour, full hell experience.

According to Matthew, he was shackled over the top of a burning pit containing a demonic figure. The smoke that billowed out of the pit contained the souls of those who had been condemned.

He explains that though he was isolated, he could hear the agonizing cries from other souls that were damned to an eternity of pain and torture.

In his testimony the demonic figures would approach him and pull the flesh from his bones and with each bite would slowly eat away at his body.

When there was no more flesh to be taken a whole new layer of flesh grew back to repeat the experience over and over.

Much of the assertions of these men and women are similar to other stories of people who have ventured the highway to hell and made it back to tell the world about it.

Mary Baxter

One woman has claimed that she experienced a journey similar to that of Dante in that she claims to have been witness to both heaven and hell.

Mary Baxter states that one night during her regular prayer routine, a blinding light entered the room. That light, according to Baxter, was Jesus Christ himself.

Her testimony is that Jesus took her on a tour of hell for three hours every night for a total of ten nights. Baxter has claimed that hell is physically located at the center of the earth, and that it is shaped like a human lying down.

Horrors of Hell

She, like the others, saw demons that were mocking her in agitation, and in addition she smelled raw sewage and felt the heat of the flames burning against her skin.

Interestingly, Baxter explains that in her vision of hell, again somewhat parallel to Dante, like were grouped with like.

By this I mean murderers were grouped with murderers etc. The type of punishment issued was dependent on the type of sin committed.

She also claims to have ascended the stairway to heaven and witnessed angels of great height, though her experiences of heaven are not as greatly detailed as her time in hell.

Many have denounced Baxter as a “witch” or a false-prophet for claiming to experience such events with a guided tour by the big man Himself.


The stories of people who have seen hell are captivating because as humans we are naturally drawn to learning about what lies ahead of us beyond this lifetime.

In our own fear and self-doubt we try to uncover what hell is and hope that the pit is not our next destination. We are wired to want to know what lies ahead, it has been so since the time humans could communicate and pontificate about the world and universe beyond it.

I leave it to your discretion to decide if you believe the testimonies of the people who claim to have been to hell up.

One thing that we can all agree on is that we don’t want to ever be making our way across the river Styx, and Dante’s Inferno is probably the closest most of us wants to get.

The Miracle of The Sun

The Miracle of The Sun

The case of the Miracle of the Sun amazed and terrified tens of thousands of spectators in Portugal, 1917. The eyewitness accounts are well-documented by photographers and journalists, and describe a completely mobile Sun swirling through the midday sky.

“Paranormal activity” was an unfamiliar phrase to the villagers in Fatima, but every soul present at the event left with a permanent impression of another world.

Three Children

Three shepherd children had reportedly seen a Marian Apparition – a visit from the Virgin Mary – who promised to return to Portugal and perform a miracle in October of 1917.

Decades before digital cameras and social media sharing, reporters, priests, professors, and citizens alike gathered to witness “O Milagro del Sol.”

On whose authority did such a throng congregate?

It is true that children are inherently closer to the paranormal, a fact that the Fatima population understood and respected.

The villagers treated the three little prophets like royalty on that Sunday in October. Incidentally, the crowd’s respect for the paranormal may have been why the Other World decided to grace the earthlings with a Miracle of the Sun.

The Day of The Sun

On the fated day, an estimated thirty thousand people gathered around the three children. The number seems big in 2016, and could rival any contemporary concert or rally.

In 1917, that number was unheard of. The crowd was somber and expectant as they followed the children’s orders that afternoon.

Lucia and her cousin wore flower crowns in their hair, and the men carried them to an open clearing, followed by the swarm of believers.

One photo of the event shows countless umbrellas covering people’s heads as far as the eye can see. Lucia reportedly commanded the crowd to shut their umbrellas.

The paranormal event that followed would come to be described as The Miracle of the Sun.

The Unexplained

Sunday, October 13th is now consecrated in history as a physically unexplainable event. Those who trust in the paranormal, of course, are more interested than shocked by the Miracle of the Sun.

So what actually happened at high noon on that fateful Sunday?

Some witnesses interpreted the event as a confirmation of their Catholic beliefs. Italian Catholic Priest John De Marchi recorded eyewitness accounts of the Miracle.

His document, still accessible to armchair researchers today, reports that most people found the Sun to be a manifestation of God’s terrible power.

YouTube’s archives shows photographs taken on that day in 1917 by the emerging field of photojournalists.

Dozens of people are captured on film staring up into the sky, paralyzed by the same vision. Keep in mind that it was not the norm in 1917 to tell people to say “Cheese!”

No, the reactions to the miracle in Fatima are organic. Each face in the crowd is focused so deeply upon the apparition because, as eyewitness accounts prove, the thing in the sky was no longer our stationary Sun, but something far more menacing.

One professor of natural science in attendance described the Sun as swirling in the sky, and deemed it a fiery force ready to “advance threateningly upon the earth.”

The professor was not the only one in the crowd to describe the event as a spinning Sun. The parallel eyewitness accounts of the outrageous solar activity explains the name of the event, “Miracle of the Sun.”

The Witnesses

The most outstanding aspect of the Miracle of the Sun is the sheer number of people who testify to its occurrence.

The Miracle was further validated by the Roman Catholic church, who declared the event an official miracle in 1930. It is not often that paranormal activities are consecrated by a Church.

Of course, because most viewers saw the event as a miracle meant for Catholic eyes, the paranormal piece of the puzzle is replaced with religious interpretation.

It was not the first time a bizarre event was interpreted with religious fervor.

Regardless of what caused the apparition, it is important to note that the throng of people shared a common belief that the event would happen.

Their treatment of the three children was one of reverence and awe, evidence that sometimes the paranormal and the physical can interact peacefully.

The population of Fatima trusted in the voice of three children to lead them to the Miracle of the Sun.

Perhaps the peoples’ honest belief in some sort of paranormal force is what ultimately allowed the Miracle of the Sun to occur.

The Universe is here to impress us with its terrifying abnormalities, if we trust ourselves to believe in its miracles.