|The tears appear to be pretty much all over the icon (source)|
A religious icon of Jesus Christ in a small village in Greece has been “weeping” ever since the anti-austerity party Syriza won the Greek elections at the end of January, witnesses say.The Pappas Post connects a couple of dots for us:
According to Corinth TV and the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, the icon, which dates from early last century and is housed in the church of St. Nicholas in the village of Asprokampos, Corinthia, has been secreting an oily liquid since the left-wing party leader Alexis Tsipras, stormed to power on January 26th.
According to local news sources, the icon, which dates from early 20th century and is housed in the church of St. Nicholas in the village of Asprokampos in the region of Corinthia, has been secreting an oily liquid since Alexis Tsipras— an atheist, became the country’s new prime minister.I've reported about this first atheist Greek prime minister before. Nothing makes idols of Jesus more sad or anxious than an atheist in charge.
Apparently, locals are now guarding the icon and are refusing anyone from taking any samples of the tears while a senior church official would like scientific tests to be done. Naturally, all we know for now is there is liquid on a painted icon.
One journalist, Yiannis Baboulias, says that this sort of icon crying business is pretty common behaviour for some religious groups in the country. It seems possible they do this sort of thing whenever they feel sad and need a hug.
Many Greeks have dismissed the news story as little more than a joke. The Greek investigative journalist, Yiannis Baboulias, told Newsweek, “The weeping icon is an urban legend that resurfaces every now and again in Greece. Stories like this happen all the time, and this one is really funny.”Well that's a better theory than, well, magick. Let's tentatively posit that.
Baboulias says the aim of stories about ‘weeping’ religious icons are usually a way for the Greek Orthodox Church to attract more attention and followers. “What is really happening,” according to Baboulias, “is simply that the paint on the icon is starting to leak due to environmental changes.”
Baboulias also suggested that the caretakers of this icon are a rather political lot who might just project their own sadness that the extreme right wing Golden Dawn party didn't win the election and some marxist atheist is in charge.
Jesus really cares about politics in Greece but he's too tied up at the moment to do anything but cry about things.