Thursday, May 19, 2011

Auto-Crucifixion


Above, a "photo released by Gyeongbuk Provincial Police Agency, [in which] police officers stand near the body of a man found crucified in Mungyong, south of Seoul, South Korea" — Police say South Korean man found crucified in stone quarry likely killed himself without help.

Here's how he did it: "Kim is believed to have nailed his feet to the cross, tied his neck to it and stabbed himself in the side. He is then believed to have drilled holes in his hands and slipped them over nails on the cross." The report informs us, "The man was a devout Christian, and police speculated that his 'deep religious faith' may have helped him endure 'immense pain.'"

Knowing what passes for "deep religious faith" among many Korean Protestants, I do not doubt the narrative. Korea awaits her Flannery O'Connor to write this taxi driver's story.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Faith said...

"nails in his hands" I've read where gravity would have pulled the hands down and down, so that the nails would have ripped right through them through the finders.
Did the poor soul leave any writings?
May he rest in peace.

11:49 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Amen. I have not heard that he left any writings, but he was known locally for his fervor.

9:07 AM  

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