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Quiz about Religious Relics
Quiz about Religious Relics

Religious Relics Trivia Quiz


This is a quiz about religious relics. It is not an argument for or against the validity of the claims related to these objects. While most questions deal with Christian relics, other religions are represented.

A photo quiz by dcpddc478. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
dcpddc478
Time
4 mins
Type
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Quiz #
368,818
Updated
May 18 22
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
7 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. What is the term used by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox belief that some saints are so pious and pure that, miraculously, they do not undergo decay or decomposition following their deaths? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. This limestone block, found at an Israeli archeological dig in 1961, is the only known artifact to mention which infamous Prefect of Judea? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The head of which patron saint of Italy is publicly displayed in an ornate reliquary of San Domenico Basilica, in Siena Italy? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In which country would you be if your were enjoying a tour of the many relics housed in The Tau Palace in Reims? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. This reliquary holds the tooth of which much revered religious figure, born with the first name of Gautama? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. What is thought to be contained inside the religious relic known as the Arca santa de Oviedo? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The Heiliger Nagel is just one of many relics purported to contain which of the following things? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. One of the most famous religious relics is the Druid Arch, built as a place of worship and found in northern Scotland.


Question 9 of 10
9. Enshrined at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Tilma of Tepeyac is what type of religious relic? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The Shroud of Turin is a famous religious relic made from which of the following? Hint



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1. What is the term used by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox belief that some saints are so pious and pure that, miraculously, they do not undergo decay or decomposition following their deaths?

Answer: Incorruptibility

This is an image of St Bernadette Soubries, perhaps one of the most famous incorruptible saints in the Catholic church. She died in 1879 and was exhumed in 1909, when she became a candidate for beatification. It was then, that it was discovered that her corpse was uncorrupted.

She was promptly reinterred and exhumed in 1919 and then again in 1923. Her body still did not display the decay that would be expected of a 45 year old corpse. After her third exhumation she was dissected and it was reported that her organs were still soft and malleable.

She was then placed in a crystal reliquary at the convent of St. Gildard located in Nevers, France. She is not the only Catholic saint displayed in this manner, and at one time, incorruptibility was thought to be a sign by God that this person was worthy of sainthood and veneration.
2. This limestone block, found at an Israeli archeological dig in 1961, is the only known artifact to mention which infamous Prefect of Judea?

Answer: Pontius Pilate

The Pontius Pilate Inscription contains the only known mention of Pontius Pilate in any ancient artifact. The face of the stone announces that it was part of a gift from Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea, to Tiberius Caesar.
The Pontius Pilate Inscription is considered by many theologians to be extremely important to the field of Biblical Archeology and helps to confirm that that writings found in the Christian Bible are founded in historical fact as opposed to myth.
3. The head of which patron saint of Italy is publicly displayed in an ornate reliquary of San Domenico Basilica, in Siena Italy?

Answer: St. Catherine

St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) is considered one of the greatest theologians of her period. Her severed, mummified head sits on public display in the Basilica San Domenico in Siena with her thumb in a separate reliquary lying nearby. This type of religious relic is not as uncommon as you might think. Pieces of a deceased saint body, as wells as their bones, blood and sweat are considered holy.

This type of display can be seen in many of the older Catholic churches in Italy, as well as other parts of Europe.
4. In which country would you be if your were enjoying a tour of the many relics housed in The Tau Palace in Reims?

Answer: France

The Gothic style building known as the Palace of Tau or the Tau Palace is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the former Abbery of Saint-Remi. It is home to many religious relics including a piece of the 'true cross', a strand of hair from the Virgin Mary, and various remains of several saints, all held in jeweled reliquaries.

The reliquary in this photo is said to contain a thorn from the original crown of thorns, that was said to be worn by Jesus during his crucifixion.
5. This reliquary holds the tooth of which much revered religious figure, born with the first name of Gautama?

Answer: Buddha

This ancient tooth, which is attributed to Gautama Buddha, and is displayed in a Buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka. There are many differing stories about the death of Buddha but it is usually accepted that he died in 540 B.C. and his remains were cremated. Four teeth were supposedly found in the ashes and smuggled to varying areas in Asia.

This tooth is thought to be the only one that has not been lost in the annals of time.
6. What is thought to be contained inside the religious relic known as the Arca santa de Oviedo?

Answer: A cloth containing the blood of Christ

According to "The Liber Testamentorum" written in 1120, which recorded all major donations to the Cathedral of Oviedo, this large reliquary once contained holy relics of both Jesus and the Virgin Mary. The book states that it was created by the disciples of the twelve apostles. Only three side are decorated, indicated that it was meant to rest against a wall or altar.

The arc has not been opened in modern times which adds to the intrigue. It was thought to have originally held a blood stained cloth that was believed to have been wrapped around the head of Christ after crucifixion and before burial. What is inside? Will we ever really know?
7. The Heiliger Nagel is just one of many relics purported to contain which of the following things?

Answer: A nail from the crucifixion of Christ

The Heiliger Nagel is just one of about a dozen relics which claim to be made from or containing one of the nails used in the crucifixion of Christ. This elaborate relic is housed in the Bamberg Cathedral located in Bamberg, Germany. At he very top of this piece is a long, upright nail being supported by two angels.

The validity of the claim cannot be proven as there are at least a dozen other similar nails at different locations which all claim to have been used in the crucifixion.
8. One of the most famous religious relics is the Druid Arch, built as a place of worship and found in northern Scotland.

Answer: False

The Druid Arch is a natural rock formation found in the Needles District of Druid Arch, in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. It is a naturally made formation and is not a Druid relic.
9. Enshrined at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Tilma of Tepeyac is what type of religious relic?

Answer: A piece of a cloak purported to have been made by the Virgin Mary

The faithful believe that the image of the Tilma, or cloak, of a poor indigenous Mexican named Juan Diego, was miraculously created by the Virgin Mary in 1531. The image - which continues to baffle scientists - is now the most recognizable religious symbol in Latin America, and devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe is a favorite of Catholics throughout the Americas.
10. The Shroud of Turin is a famous religious relic made from which of the following?

Answer: Linen

The first recorded mention of the linen burial cloth known as the Shroud of Turin was in 1354. It appears to portray the front and back image of an emaciated male that bears marks of stigmata. Scholars, theologians, and scientists have debated for centuries what this relic actually is.

Some believe it to be the burial shroud of Christ, some believe it to be a cunningly conceived fake, and others believe it to be from the wrong time period and admit they are not sure what it actually is.
Source: Author dcpddc478

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