117 Russians Hospitalized After Drinking Holy Water
Epiphany celebration leads to acute intestinal pain for many
By Nx Doyle,  Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2010 8:21 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Jan 25, 2010 8:21 AM CST
A woman plunges into an icy pond to mark the upcoming Epiphany in Kuzminki park in southeastern Moscow, Monday, Jan. 18, 2010.   (AP Photo)
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(User Submitted) – More than 100 Russian Orthodox believers were hospitalized after drinking holy water during last week's Epiphany celebrations in the eastern city of Irkutsk. A Siberian official today said that 117 people, including 48 children, were in the hospital complaining of severe intestinal pain after drinking water from wells around a local church whose source is a stagnant lake. Many Russians believe that any water obtained on Epiphany is holy, despite most Russian tap water being undrinkable, reports the AP.