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Even Rocks Pray


Netlore Archive: In this forwarded image sometimes described as a photograph taken in Burma (Birmania), a rock formation and its reflection in a body of water resemble a mother and child praying.

Description: Viral image
Circulating since: March 2005
Status: It's a painting! (see details below)

Email contributed by Pamela D., March 29, 2005:

Subject: FW: Even Rocks Pray

This is really nice. God is so Awe some he creates mountains, rocks and etc. into his own image

Subject: FW: Even Rocks Pray

This is unbelievable.

Even rocks pray...
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This is AWESOME! Tilt your head to the left to see the picture. You will be amazed at what you see.

Analysis: A number of people have forwarded this image to me for debunking, though I'm not sure why. On close examination it's clearly a painting — an illustration or a work of art — not a photograph. It's unlikely that the "awesome," "unbelievable" rock formation depicted in the artwork actually exists. If it does, its anthropomorphic features were imaginatively enhanced by the artist.

In addition to circulating via email, the image has been posted numerous times on Internet message boards without attribution. Several readers have written to suggest that the painting may be the work of artist Bev Doolittle, though this remains unconfirmed.

Update: The fact-checking website Hoax-Slayer.com has determined that the image is from a children's book illustrated by Korean artist Kim Jae-hong.

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Last updated: 04/09/13

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