buried images

Smith, Frederick M frederick-smith at UIOWA.EDU
Tue Apr 22 21:23:35 UTC 2008

Thanks to Allen, Bob T, Axel, Ashok and others for answering my query. It seems that the evidence beyond what might be speculated from the buried heads beneath the agnicayana altar is sketchy and without much (if any) textual basis. 

Fred Smith  

-----Original Message-----
From: Indology on behalf of Allen W Thrasher
Sent: Tue 4/22/2008 3:51 PM
To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
Subject: Re: buried images
I don't know if it's pertinent, but there is a custom in the US, among people having difficulty sellling a house, of burying a statue of St. Joseph upside down in the yard until it's sold.  This is not confined to Catholics.  A lot of Catholic goods stores have stopped selling statues of him, instead offering pictures only, on the grounds it's superstitious and irreverent.  I'm waiting for a fresh rash of articles on it with the current real estate crisis.

One is, of course, supposed to dig the statue up when the house is sold.

I have not come across any references to this before this generation.  Nor has Snopes.com been able to find any: < http://www.snopes.com/luck/stjoseph.asp >.


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