Acheiropoieta: (singular form is acheiropoieton) is a Greek word for images or icons not made by human hand. In other words, these images were reportedly miraculous or divinely created. In this context, the Shroud of Turin is considered by many to be an acheiropoieton. But that is not commonly accepted by many people who nonetheless think the Shroud is genuine. This is a common error on the part of many journalists.
Some of the most famous acheiropoieta include:
- The Shroud of Turin (though disputed even by scholars who believe it is Jesus' burial shroud)
- Veil of Veronica
- Virgin of Guadalupe
- Lateran Palace Image (according to legend started by Luke and finished by angels)
- Various other icons (some contesting to be the Image of Edessa)
- Any number of pareidolia images