Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mystery of India's 'cigarette smoking’ saint...

A CAVALRY officer who died in the days of the British Raj has been declared a saint in India with worshippers claiming he smokes cigarettes left as offerings at his tomb.

Captain Frederick Wale, or Kaptan Shah Baba as he was known to his 1st Sikh Lancers, was killed aged 36 at a battle with nationalists in Lucknow in 1858.

He has been made a deity and believers tend his grave in Musa Bagh cemetery.

One devotee said: “We leave him food and cigarettes as tributes.

“The cigarettes glow like somebody is inhaling them. We know Shah Baba smoked so there can be only one answer...he is smoking the cigarettes.”

The claims have baffled cemetery officials. One said: “It is rare for people to pray to a foreigner, especially someone British from that period in our history, but people know what they see and they believe who is to say it’s wrong?” Full story...

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