With bloodstains on the back, wrists, feet, side and head the image appears to be that of a crucified man.
The details - the direction of the flow of blood from the wounds, the placement of the nails through the wrists rather than the palms - displays a knowledge of crucifixion that seems too accurate to have been that of a medieval artist.
To be fair, I give her credit for going on a date with a Chinese man.
There are many women who go to China and won’t even try — women who have already made up their minds perhaps even before they’ve set foot in the Middle Kingdom. I don’t even mind that her account of that date is largely negative and unflattering towards Chinese men.
Check out my 2012 blog list, and stay tuned for my 2013 list this coming March.
People searching for information on this topic will probably click on it first — after all, the title is exactly what they were looking for and it’s on the top, even though the actual content doesn’t really deliver on its promise.
The reality is, there are all kinds of Chinese men out there, and the potential for all kinds of dating experiences with them — both positive and negative.
But two of BAR's savvy readers have objected to our assessment.
The following articles suggest there is no reason to doubt that the image, as well as the cloth, was produced in the Middle Ages.- Ed (BAR) Nothing puzzles and intrigues the sindonologist - the student of the Shroud of Turin - more than the supposed mystery of how the image on the shroud was made.