Don’t Drink the (Holy) Water

From Yahoo! News:

MOSCOW – More than 100 Russian Orthodox believers have been hospitalized after drinking holy water during Epiphany celebrations in the eastern city of Irkutsk, an official said Monday.

A total of 117 people, including 48 children, were in the hospital complaining of acute intestinal pain after drinking water from wells in and around a local church last week, said Vladimir Salovarov, a spokesman for the Irkutsk Investigative Committee.

Salovarov said 204 people required some medical treatment after consuming the water, the source of which was a stagnant lake. He said, however, that it was too early to say what caused the illness.

Many Russians consider any water obtained on Epiphany — which they celebrate on Jan. 19 — to be holy.

(via J-Walk)


  1. Why would god let this happen? It’s like he doesn’t care, or possibly even exist.

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  2. One man’s holy water, another man’s magic Kool-Aid. Further blurring the lines between religion and mainstream cult…

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