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Is that the real Buddha’s tooth?
In a Buddhist temple in Singapore, stored inside a solid gold stupa, lies a tooth. The monks who run the temple claim that it's the Buddha's tooth. But others are not so sure. Apparently, "some experts have reportedly questioned whether the tooth is from the Buddha himself." Wow! It's hard to imagine something like this would be fake.

The problem seems to be that the tooth looks suspiciously like the tooth of a herbivore, such as a horse or a buffalo. Apparently vendors in places such as Myanmar often try to sell similar-looking teeth to tourists. Vets have confirmed that the teeth the vendors sell come from herbivores.

However, the monks in the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple are not about to let scientists do any tests on their Buddha's tooth. They argue that DNA testing is an invasive procedure and is a practical challenge to conduct. Plus, once it's confirmed as a fake, they'd be out of a job.

My favorite line from the Channel NewsAsia article: Renowned artist Tan Swie Hian says, "I don't mind praying to a buffalo's tooth provided I'm told it is one. Let me get it right before my prayer."
Religion
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jul 23, 2007


"... The problem seems to be that the tooth looks suspiciously like the tooth of a herbivore ..."

So? Many followers believe that the Buddha was a vegetarian.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Nirvana  on  Mon Jul 23, 2007  at  01:51 PM
I don't see the problem here, buddhists believe that they are reincarnated into the next life
and also that buddha himself reincarnated many many times before finally discovering enlightenment

so why can't the tooth have belonged to the buddha when he was living through an incarnation as a herbivore?
Posted by Sharruma  in  capable of finishing a coherent  on  Mon Jul 23, 2007  at  02:41 PM
Remember, you will get the same results regardless of what, or who, you pray to.
Posted by Don  in  Calgray  on  Mon Jul 23, 2007  at  04:28 PM
Remember, you will get the same results regardless of what, or who, you pray to.
Posted by Don in Calgray on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 12:28 PM

In that case I shall pray to chocolate. And then eat it. Either way, I end up happy.
Posted by Nona  in  London  on  Wed Jul 25, 2007  at  09:12 AM
A pitty there is no picture of the tooth in the shrine (DNA sampling really is not necessary to determine whether it is human or not by the way. A good look at it will do). The other teeth coming from Myanmar/Birma briefly shown in the video however are definitely herbivore molars.
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Wed Jul 25, 2007  at  02:29 PM
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