CEYLON: The Miracle of the Tooth

In all of Ceylon, no relic is considered holier or more miraculous than the supposed tooth of Lord Buddha encased in the innermost of seven gold caskets in the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. The pious believe that this tooth was brought to Ceylon by a 4th century princess of Kalinga, who fled with it hidden in her hair when Buddhism was driven out of India.

Centuries later, after a religious war, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Goa had the tooth ground in a mortar and spread the powder on the sea....

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