Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Barnabas, martyr and one of the earliest disciples. St Barnabas, also referred to as Joseph or its Greek variant Joses, sold a piece his land and gave the proceeds to the apostles. The funds were used to provide food and shelter to the masses who came to hear the teachings of Jesus after his crucifixion. He was stoned to death.
He is patron saint of hailstorms, and due to the nature of his death maybe more generally Death From Above. Hailstorms are generally not fatal, however, generally doesn’t help when cricket-sized balls of ice are raining down on you, as was the case near Roopkund. Roopkund, also know as “Skeleton Lake,” harbored a mystery for many hundreds of years. Visible at the bottom of the lake are hundreds of human skeletons, all killed at the same time, with holes in their skulls from something directly above them. In 2004, a study uncovered the cause of death was, you guessed it– a freak hailstorm.
- The Skeleton Lake of Roopkund, India (atlasobscura.com)
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