A little Christmas stocking stuffer of an episode! The Three Wise Men are common fixtures of most Nativity scenes, but the The Bible actually offers very little information on who they were and where they came from…
Genghis Khan ushered in the 13th century of a tidal wave of carnage and conquest. Yet for all of the horrors attributed to the Mongol ruler, history paints a much more nuanced portrait of a rational, progressive, and open minded leader. Yet for someone who had garnered such notoriety, Genghis Khan’s death and subsequent burial is shrouded in legend and mystery. What is the truth, and is it wise to go looking for it?
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During World War II, the Japanese amassed their hoard of stolen wealth primarily on the Philippine island of Luzon. After the war, rumors began to emerge that a general by the name of Tomoyuki Yamashita had buried most of the loot in unspecified locations. For many years, this was nothing more than an urban legend…until a local man named Rogelio Roxas supposedly uncovered a cache of gold in an abandoned tunnel. This was when things got weird…
Due to some scheduling conflicts, we had to switch some things up a bit for this episode. But never fear! You (and by that I mean the audience) got to vote on a shorter episode for this week. And you all chose…the mysteries behind the dead bodies left behind on Mount Everest? Oh boy…
Since the 1920s, Mt. Everest has stood as a metaphor for surmounting all odds. But over the years, experienced adventurers have lost their lives on this formidable mountain. This “treasure-lite” episode explores a few mysteries, including the doomed Mallory/Irvine expedition, which may have pre-dated the famous Norgay/Hillary achievement by several decades.
The ancient chronicles of Japan speak of a sword called Kusanagi, an enchanted blade wielded by the gods and handed down to their descendants. Allegedly hidden in a shrine and only called upon during the Emperor’s coronation, its authenticity remains a topic of debate. Joining it in legendary status is the Honjo Masamune, often called the finest samurai sword ever crafted; current whereabouts unknown. In this lost artifact double feature, I try to figure out where the truth lies in legend.
Relic will be back in February 2018 with the last half of season 1! Until then, here’s a quick dive into our first season and its thematic arc. This will also serve as a first look towards our final stretch: the lost artifacts of World War II, and Hitler’s schemes to hoard all of the world’s treasures under one roof.
The second holiday special! Saint Nicholas is one of Catholicism’s most honored Saints, a figure who would go on to inspire the folkloric character known as Santa Claus. But this Saint did not enjoy a peaceful rest in death. In 1087, an ambitious cabal of Italian sailors decided to rob his tomb in a get-rich-quick controversy that, 1,000 years later, remains unresolved. Merry Christmas!
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Welcome to the mid-season! In this installment of Relic’s “It Belongs in a Museum” series…we get weird. Comedian and anthropologist Jake Sully tells us all about the Peking Man– the fossilized remains of an ancient, common ancestor to homo sapiens. Who was the Peking Man and where did he end up? Also, Max looks into the strange tale of the San Pedro Mummy, and journeys further down the rabbit hole into the wild world of mummified discoveries believed (by some) to be alien in origin.
India’s Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the wealthiest religious institution in the world, with chambers of riches worth trillions. The temple is also known for its secrecy, most of which surrounds the sealed vault in the inner sanctum. The means of opening the vault are lost, and any attempts to force entry are prophesied to bring cataclysm on a global scale. What’s beyond the forbidden door?
For over a thousand years, whoever held the Heirloom Seal of the Realm, held the power over the nation of China. The dynastic Emperors used the jade seal to enact the laws that would shape Chinese history for generations–and many died by its decree. Did the Imperial Seal vanish with the dynasties? Was it stolen during revolt? Or does someone–knowingly or unknowingly–have it in their private collection?
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