JESUS BUTT HELD TIME-CAPSULE, HIDDEN LETTER
History sometimes knocks us on the rear. History often surprises us. But a hidden letter in Jesus butt surprised everyone. A statue of Jesus Christ that has been on display in a cathedral in Spain hid a secret. It kept its secret for hundreds of years until recently. The statue, called Cristo del Miserere, recently left its home in northern Spain to be restored. But restorers quickly discovered a hidden compartment hidden under a cloth that covered Jesus butt. Jesus Christ was a hidden super time-capsule, containing a hidden letter.
LETTER FROM THE PAST HIDDEN FOR 240 YEARS
Restorers found the hidden letter inside Jesus butt. A man named Joaquín Mínguez wrote the letter in 1777. He had been a chaplain at the Cathedral of Burgo de Osma. The letter talked about the statue as well as others made by the same sculptor. It detailed what the community was like 240 years ago. The message from the past also detailed what games were popular, like cards and ball. Typhoid and malaria were common in the area back then. Mínguez also recorded that the crops grown in the area used to be wheat, rye, barley and oats. Mínguez left us a time capsule treasure.
WILL RESTORERS NOW LOOK BEYOND JESUS BUTT?
“The harvest has been plentiful for many year,” Minguez wrote, referring to the vineyards of his hometown. The hidden letter gives us a rich, personal background, of the region’s history. A hidden letter in Jesus Butt surprised everyone. The letter is a real, historic treasure. But will restorers around the world now look for hidden gems like this? We will have to wait to find out.
COPY OF LETTER TO REMAIN FOR POSTERITY IN POSTERIOR
Most wooden carvings of this type were, and are, hollow. But historians and restorers don’t often find such amazing objects. “Although it is usual for many sculptures to be hollow, it is not so much to find handwritten documents inside,” according to historian Efrén Arroyo. Arroyo is a member of the Holy Week Brotherhood of Sotillo de la Ribera.
Once the research is completed, the archbishop will take the original letter. A copy has already been made and returned to the super time-capsule, Jesus butt. How about that for posterity?