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On September 19, as Little Italy’s annual 11-day Feast of San Gennaro was kicking off, miles away from there, in Naples, Italy, the miracle of San Gennaro’s blood that liquefies happened again.
After repeating a ritual older than 600 years, the archbishop of Naples announced:
a few minutes ago the blood started to melt“.

A vial of the blood of Saint Januarius (San Gennaro), has been liquefied every few months since 1389 in Naples. This great miracle is also a great mystery still regarded as unexplained.
The chemical nature of the relic can be established only by opening the vial, but a complete analysis is forbidden by the Catholic Church.

However three Italian scientists tried to provide an explanation of the phenomenon with the ‘hypothesis of thixotropy’, in an article published on Nature in 1991.
They said:

“…In support of our hypothesis of thixotropy we have been able to reproduce liquefaction of samples resembling the blood relics that we have prepared using substances available in the fourteenth century”.(see the article)

Thixotropy or not, the real mistery of Naples, is that while in the western world, people constantly try to find causal explanations for everything, in this city, located in the western world, forms of magic are simply accepted as a part of life.
While most of western people refuse to accept magic in their lives, the Neapolitans, embrace it.


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