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“Equal Rites”: Fragmenting and Healing Bodies in the Early Modern Bay of Kotor

Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Art History, University of Belgrade, Cika Ljubina 18/20, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Religions 2019, 10(11), 606; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10110606
Received: 17 August 2019 / Revised: 30 September 2019 / Accepted: 25 October 2019 / Published: 2 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Domestic Devotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe)
The aim of this paper is to examine the exchange of practices that developed when treating the bodies of ordinary laymen and those of saints. Body parts that had been obtained in unorthodox ways were used in private households in a manner strongly resembling the official methods of relic veneration. Conversely, the church authorities carried out repairs to damaged reliquaries by adopting an approach that mirrored the ways in which common people were healed in their homes (the application of holy images, use of votive gifts, etc.). View Full-Text
Keywords: reliquaries; body-part reliquaries; post-Tridentine religion; Bay of Kotor; Republic of Venice; healing; domestic devotion reliquaries; body-part reliquaries; post-Tridentine religion; Bay of Kotor; Republic of Venice; healing; domestic devotion
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Ulčar, M. “Equal Rites”: Fragmenting and Healing Bodies in the Early Modern Bay of Kotor. Religions 2019, 10, 606.

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