Yes, it is amazing. But the detail in the shroud images goes well beyond pareidolia. I am afraid, however, that there is a problem with pareidolia when people see things on the shroud that probably aren’t there; for instance coins and lettering, etc.

Isn’t it wonderful how the human mind works? Apparently we have a knack of recognizing faces in every day objects. That phenomenon is called pareidolia . Most famous of course are the shroud of Turin, or when people see Jesus or the Virgin Mary in a peace of toast or some dirt on a window. That’s called acheiropoieta (yeah I looked that up). One of the most stunning examples I came across lately is this vintage photo of a child sitting on a man’s lap. You actually have to look hard to see beyond the face to see the actual picture.


Thanks to Fingermaze: He’s all around us.