Small children, stop reading here. Actually, why are you on this site in the first place? Bad kid! Get outta here now! Come back when you’re older–or at least don’t tell your parents if something you read here gives you nightmares. I’ll take a click where I can get it.
Santa Claus is an amalgamation of a real Christian saint, Nicholas of Myra, with pre-Christian pagan trappings, predominantly from Scandinavian culture, ranging from elves to the Norse god Odin. It is the tomb of the former that has been located–maybe–underneath a church in Demre, Turkey. Saint Nicholas died in AD 343 at 73 years of age, and was buried at the church. His remains were later moved after the area became politically unstable. What became of his bones? They’re scattered. I’ve seen a tiny piece of his finger at a shrine in Florida.
Or maybe his remains weren’t really moved. Maybe they’re still in the underground crypt discovered beneath the church. But if that’s so, whose finger bone did I see? We won’t have the answers until the crypt is opened and examined, and scientists are understandably taking their time with it, to get it right and not damage the historic site.
This all puts me in mind of the historical Dracula, the disagreement over where he was interred (I still vote for Snagov monastery.), and the mystery of what became of his bones. He wasn’t found buried where he was supposed to be buried.
Perfect, isn’t it?