It was Jewish custom at the time of Jesus’ burial to first clean and cover the face, as a sign of respect and compassion for the family.
Mourners would then cover the body with fragrant herbs and wrap it in a shroud, or burial cloth.
[Close this notice.] An analysis of the evidence supporting the Sudarium—the face cloth used in the burial of Christ—and its relationship to the Shroud of Turin.
The blood type on the Sudarium is the same as that of the Shroud, as well as the pattern of the blood on the cloth.
Janice Bennett, a graphic artist and teacher of Spanish language and Literature, first encountered the Sudarium of Oviedo by reading an article in a Spanish magazine twelve years ago.
The more I discovered, the more I became convinced that this relic was indeed authentic, and not only that, provided strong evidence in favor of the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin.” Order Sacred Blood, Sacred Image: The Sudarium of Oviedo through Ignatius Press.In the Spanish town of Oviedo there is an ancient relic that was brought from Jerusalem in the 600s and became an attraction for pilgrims over the years.But little was known about it until recent historical research and scientific investigation.Bennett describes the striking similarities between the two relics: “The blood type is AB on both cloths.Both cloths contain human blood, and the blood flows match up on both.