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Finger of St. Dymphna (detail)
Finger of St. Dymphna (detail)

The carving on the casket is in a variant form of ancient Aramaic and was probably copied from another, older reliquary. This has raised some doubts about the authenticity of this item. Biblical Scholars remain split on this issue, but after viewing the relic in 1947, Mrs. Edith Dibney of Powhattan, Kansas claimed she no longer suffered from epileptic seizures, and many others have also benefited from this relic’s restorative effect.

During the Middle Ages, trade in relics of both a true and a fraudulent nature reached a peak as unprincipled persons found a means of enriching themselves by selling these objects of devotion.

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