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Monks Gone Wild!

Posted by libhom Monday, November 10, 2008

I know the title of this post sounds like the name of a gay porno movie, and there certainly is plenty of gay sex in monestaries. But, this post is about a different kind of wild behavior by the monkish set:

Monkfights!

From the BBC 11/9/08:

Israeli police have had to restore order at one of Christianity's holiest sites after a mass brawl broke out between monks in Jerusalem's Old City.

Fighting erupted between Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Christ's crucifixion.

Two monks from each side were detained as dozens of worshippers traded kicks and punches at the shrine, said police.

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Dressed in the vestments of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian denominations, rival monks threw punches and anything they could lay their hands on.

The Greeks blamed the Armenians for not recognising their rights inside the holy site, while the Armenians said the Greeks had violated one of their traditional ceremonies.

This is laugh out loud funny, and it is not the first time the martial monks went at it either.

The whole thing also is weird if you think about it. Who in their right mind would actually fight for space and privileges in the tomb of a cult leader who died roughly 2000 years ago? This is religion at its weirdest.

Of course, who would really want to work in a tomb anyway? Admittedly, the remains would have completely decayed before Columbus realized the world was round, but had no idea how large it was. Still, it sounds gross to me.

Enjoy the combat video from CBS.



 

3 comments

  1. They have to work out their homoerotic urges somehow you know.

     
  2. Yeah, I saw this on CNN... Should have been all nude mud-wrestling...

     
  3. Riverwolf, Says:
  4. It's all about power.

     

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