On the heels of my discovery of the "Geoffrey Chaucer hath a blog"
blog, here's another blog
that, though covering medieval topics, is thankfully not written in Myddle Englisc. I found this particular post interesting because, in addition to South Park
references, the blogger discusses what appears to be a controversial bit of medieval theological wrangling - whether the Holy Virgin menstruated or not.
As it turns out, the Virgin Mary's menstrual cycle was an issue of great concern to medieval theologians. It's a subject that deserves a longer treatment than I could give in a blog entry, but the main conclusion was that yes, she did indeed need to go to a cave once a month. In order for Christ to be born a human, the Virgin had to menstruate, else there would have been no matter for the body to be created out of, and no milk for the baby Jesus to drink once he was embodied.*** While no menstrual blood was collected for worship, phials of the Virgin's milk we venerated at Walsingham and Oviedo among other places in the middle ages.
I guess I found this interesting because this sounds very much the type of discussion one might find in the Gemara. Check out more about Jesus' prepuce and the dehydrating powers of the Virgin's ***** here