Let’s Talk Tombs

A favourite topic among historians and theologians is the historicity of Jesus as depicted in The Bible. I have no expertise in the area, and to me it doesn’t matter.  Even if a preacher named Jesus was wandering through what is now present day Israel and Palestine, it would say nothing about his divinity.

Among those who accept the authenticity of the Bible, there are differing beliefs about where Jesus and Mary (the virgin) are buried.

A topic of discussion among theologians is whether Jesus and Mary died and were buried as the rest of us are or will be or if they were bodily transported to Heaven.  Those who accept the latter believe that there would be no physical tomb of either. The other camp is divided into those who believe Jesus’ body remained behind  and only his essence went to Heaven and those who are convinced he survived the crucifixion to die and be buried at a later date in the family tomb.

The most popular, and the most thoroughly debunked, is the idea that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, moved to France, and raised their children in secrecy. This was described in the book “The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail” written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln and published in 1982. This is the basis of Dan Brown’s tale “The DaVinci Code“.

There are other traditions as well. Some claim he he lived to be ~75 and died during the siege of Masada.

Masada

That would mean he body was probably tossed off the cliff with the rest of the dead.

Another tradition has his tomb in the Kan Yar section of Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, India.

Jesus in Srinagar, Kashmir

According to Professor Hassnain, who has studied this tomb, there are carved footprints on the grave stones and when closely examined, carved images of a crucifix and a rosary. The footprints of Yuz Assoaf have what appear to be scars represented on both feet, if one assumes that they are crucifixion scars, then their position is consistent with the scars shown in the Turin Shroud (left foot nailed over right). Crucifixion was not practised in Asia, so it is quite possible that they were inflicted elsewhere, such as the Middle East. The tomb is called by some as “Hazrat Issa Sahib” or “Tomb of the Lord Master Jesus”. Ancient records acknowledge the existence of the tomb as long ago as 112AD. The Grand Mufti, a prominent Muslim Cleric, himself has confirmed that Hazrat Isa Sahib is indeed the tomb of Yuz Asaf!

One group has Jesus travelling further to the east and finally succumbing in Herai Village in Aomori district of Japan (the northern part of Honshu Island).

Jesus in Japan

According to “Thiaoouba Prophecy”, Jesus (Joshua) born to virgin Mary in Bethlehem, after an “angel” from Thiaoouba (tYehova) implanted the embryo, escaped the slaughter of 2606 babies and arrived in Egypt. After surprising all scholars at the age of 12, he left his parents at 14 to travel with his 12 years old brother Ouriki to Burma, India and China. Eventually he arrived in Japan at the age of 50. He got married there, and had 3 daughters. Finally he died in Herai where he had lived for 45 years, gaining respect and love of everyone.

Every year since 1964 on June 5, there is a festival to  commemorate his death at which participants chant Nanyadoyara, a word of unknown meaning and origin.

Mary the mother of Jesus was another figure who is buried in a number of places. She

Mary in Jerusalem

also has followers who believe she was bodily transported to Heaven, leaving no mortal remains behind. For the rest, she is perhaps interred in the family tomb, or at the foot of the Mount of Olives.

Mary in Ephesus

Other sites where he body rests are Ephesus in Turkey.

some historians affirm that “the death is in Ephesus”, so that this divine death took place in the presence of the disciple St. John, in whose care Christ’s mother was given in Ephesus.

She is also buried in Murree, Pakistan.

some claim that located on a peaceful Murree hilltop, is the

Mary in Murree

very site thought to be the final abode or resting place of the Mother of Isa or Jesus Christ–better known to Muslims as Hazrat Marium.

The site has been maintained and honored as far back as anyone can remember. Its importance can be judged from the fact that the surrounding country is named after the supposed gravesite.

According to an old legend, the name ‘Murree’ is derived from ‘Marium’ or Mary. Among locals it is know as Mai Mari da Asthan (“Resting Place of Mother Mary”). Indeed, when the British first arrived here in 1850s to establish a new hill-station in India, Murree was still known as Mari. The spelling was later changed to the present one in 1875.

Her body also lies beside a holy spring at Llanerchymedd on the Welsh island of Anglesey.

Mary in Llanerchymedd

According to a fourth-century manuscript still in the Vatican, during the persecutions of the first Christians, Mary had been smuggled out of Palestine to the safety of a Christian community founded outside the influence of the Roman Empire in the far-off island of Britain.  In AD 597, St Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, discovered evidence of Mary’s tomb on an island off the west coast of Britain and promptly informed Rome.  As a proponent of the Assumption, the reigning pope, Gregory the Great, immediately instigated a conspiracy of silence that was to last for 1400 years.

There may be more sites that I didn’t find, perhaps more will turn up in the future. With divine beings such as these, there is no need for a single burial site. They can  simultaneously have tombs in many parts of the globe. Such is the power of belief.

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