ntang (ntang) wrote,

Bang bang

Apparently there's more than an outside chance that when the pope dies, they actually check to see if they're really dead by hitting them on the head three times with a silver hammer:

First, they call the pope's name three times, and if they fail to respond, then they whack them with the hammer and smash their pope ring. There's a lot of debate over the head-whacking part, as it may just be a myth, but several sources point to it at least having been a genuine ritual at one point, possibly as late as the 1960's. It wouldn't be all that surprising, considering how many people were proclaimed to be dead in the old days (a lot older than the 60's :P ) when they weren't really dead ("I feel fine...!"). But you have to admit, the imagery is at least a little amusing.

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