Chinese silk Bible wins place in Guinness Book of Records

 A Bible written on a piece of silk 5,007 metres long, has been given a place in the Guinness Book of Records. This longest Bible in the world, on show at the Exhibition Hall in Beijing, is perfect in every detail. The fifty volumes are written in 900,000 Chinese characters and are the work of one artist.

The white silk, which signifies sacredness and purity is decorated with pale blue silk as a sign of Heaven, the House of the Father. The outer cover is green and the work is tied with ribbon of red the colour of life and energy and the national colour of China.

Each volume weighs about eight kilos and when rolled up its dimensions are 33 centimetres by 66 centimetres. The volumes are contained in a boxes of scented wood with bronze decorations and the lock is a Chinese symbol of happiness because the contents of the box contain the happiness of mankind.

Source: Fides

first posted BEIJING - 17 July 2006 - 173 words

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