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February 18, 2004

Bargain of the Day: Enamel Dogwood Earrings

by Feòrag

At first glance, today's bargain seems a little odd. Why should the Prattle have any interest in some rather attractive earrings? But it all lies in the marketing, so what we have here are Enamel Dogwood Ears/ Do You Know The Legend?. In case we didn't, and would have otherwise bought the earrings, the vendor tells us:

THE LEGEND: The legend behind the dogwood is that at the time of the Crucifixation the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used thus for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it sensed this, and His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering said to it: Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender and bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross--two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember

And what would modern religious tat be without some gratuitous patriotism? This item is Brand New and Made In the USA at our factory located in Cranston, R.I.,.

Posted in Religious Tat at 14:23. Last modified on September 28 2006 at 23:42.
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1: Posted by: pericat | February 18, 2004 9:30 PM

So, what they're saying is that this particular dogwood was never in any danger of being used as a cross, but god didn't wanna bother his pretty little head worrying about those details, he just globally stunted all dogwoods forever? Leaving oaks to bear the shame and burden?

Now I'm just thankful the pines never complained about anything.

2: Posted by: Feòrag | February 18, 2004 9:44 PM

Given the number of fragments of the True Cross there seem to be, surely the church could spare a bit for analysis to see which wood it was?

3: Posted by: Alex Lawson | February 19, 2004 9:25 AM

There are loads of stories about the wood the cross was made from, but most say that the tree was then 'punished' by being made spindly, which sounds much more like god's style. I'm more impressed by the way they were able to obtain dogwood, a North American tree, for the 'crucifixation' at all.

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