Konchog of DODR pointed this one out. It was found near Nanjing in China:

Chinese archaeologists have claimed that a 1,000-year-old miniature pagoda, unearthed in Nanjing, holds a piece of skull belonging to Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism.

More here and here.

Plus Barbara writes, regarding Thanksgiving, “Consider how it comes to us.” Great advice. We should all be mindful of this. I once worked on a small (i.e. not “factory”) turkey farm in northwest New Jersey before Thanksgiving. I believe it was fifteen years ago. While I didn’t take any of the birds’ lives myself, my job was to remove the remnants of the organs still clinging to the spine with a kind of sharp-toothed spoon and pass the carcass along to someone who would then clean the body cavity. The unwanted organs themselves were thrown into a steaming heap, from which someone better paid than I shoveled them into wheelbarrows and carted them away somewhere. It was fairly gruesome at first and routine after a while, but I think everyone who eats a Thanksgiving turkey should do it. Every time I see a turkey sandwich on a menu or a huge turkey in the supermarket it’s in the front of my mind.

[Photo: Xinhua]

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