Did Jesus headline Glastonbury before Springsteen?

Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:55pm EST
 
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By Alexander Clare

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Jesus Christ may have visited an English town now renowned for a raucous modern-day music festival to meet ancient druids, a new film argues.

"And did Those Feet" explores the theory that Jesus accompanied Joseph of Arimathea on a visit to the area around the southern English town of Glastonbury, which the film's makers say was a seat of learning in the ancient world.

The Glastonbury Festival held on a farm near the town draws some of the 21st century's biggest music stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Neil Young and U2 to the world's largest open air music and arts festival.

Church of Scotland Minister and researcher for the film Gordon Strachan argues that Jesus may have come to Britain to further his education because the area was a stronghold of the ancient druids, then associated with ancient wisdom.

"There's no reason why Jesus shouldn't have come," Strachan told Reuters. "Glastonbury was very important in the ancient times, the tradition goes back to pre-Christian times."

The minister suggested that Jesus may have built the original site of St. Joseph's chapel in Glastonbury and that the theory of his visit is plausible because not much is known about the early life of the carpenter from Galilee.

"He probably came by boat with the traders," Strachan said. "He had plenty of time and nobody knows what he did before he was 30."

Film producer Ted Harrison told British newspapers that Britain was a center of learning at the time which would have attracted those wanting to learn about spirituality and thinking not just of the Jews but also of the classical and Greek world.

"He would have come to learn about what was being taught about astronomy and geometry which was being taught at "universities' run by druids at the time," Harrison told the Daily Mail newspaper.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

 
<p>Two people walk through the litter strewn muddy field in front of the 'Other' stage in the early hours of the morning at the end of Glastonbury Festival 2009 in south west England June 29, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>