In a secular age, an authentic miracle must purport to be a hoax, in order to gain credit in the world.
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The Mahikari Hoax
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The Harvard Asia Quarterly tells the story of Fujimura Shinichi
, a once-renowned amateur Japanese archaeologist nicknamed 'God's Hands' (神の手） for his seemingly preternatural talent for finding artifacts, who was caught planting planting stone tools, some of which he had fabricated himself, others he had taken from other sites, at an archaeological dig in Miyagi
, northern Japan.More at Wikipedia
Fujimura, a former employee at an electronics factory in Miyagi Prefecture, confirmed that his forgery had begun as early as 1980 and involved 42 sites. It is possible that over 180 sites were affected by his forgery.
After being caught on film planting stone tools on camera in 2000, the 50-year-old Fujimura took asylum in a mental hospital. His communication with the outside world is mediated by his doctor and lawyer - even the Japanese Archaeological Association has been prevented from speaking with him. As a result, his motivation and the extent of his deceit are still unclear.
More at Japanese Wikipedia