The illustrated fact of people being foolish enough to venerate a piece of ivory as the tooth of The Buddha is valuable in itself.
Pesala wrote:Paying homage to relics is a wholesome kamma, and if people want to do that, it doesn't matter too much if the relic is genuine or not. It is the volition that matters.
In some instances, I agree. For example, if there were two objects to venerate, one of The Buddha, with his qualities represented, and one of some other deity associated with negative qualities such as greed or hatred, and the individual chose to venerate the object associated with the positive attributes of The Buddha-- then, in the act of electing compassion and wisdom over greed and hatred, there is wholesome volition-- but if someone is venerating the tooth of The Buddha simply because everyone else is, or to merely appear as appropriately devout, or because the sarcophagi in which it's encased are pretty, then it means nothing