Modern Religious Idols and Apparitions
IDOLS - North County Times report
1. A live, 14-foot-long python (prayed to by residents of Kien Svay, Cambodia, according to a January Deutsche-Presse-Agentur story.
2. Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane (for 29 uears the idol of the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco, according to a February report in the Independent of London).
3. Dirt, either plain (worhshipped by parishioners in Chimayo, NM, according to a December USA Today report) or perfumed (the result of a New Delhi, India, company's cosmetic dumping, which has attracted huge crowds of pilgrims, according to a December Associated Press story).
Apparitions - North County Times report June 5, 1999
Yuba City, January: the image of Mary appeared in a knothole in a tree
Wareham, Mass., February: the image of Jesus appeared in the wood grain of a door in an Episcopalian Church
Union City, March: the image of Jesus appeared in an unfinished concrete wall at the Buddhist Purple Lotus University