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Relics and Reliquaries: A Matter of Life and Death

Mar 16 6:00 PM - Mar 16 7:30 PM

A not unusual modern response to reliquaries is disgust – after all they often contain bones. To understand their presence, even their glorification, it must be admitted that the bones are not the ordinary subject of horror, rather as the bones of the blessed, “dem bones gonna rise again”! In a Christian understanding they will be instrumental in linking heaven and earth. Relics (with the help of their reliquaries) lead away from death and horror through intercession and access to salvation. Indeed, only in a later, almost modern development did the bones – and the “economy” of death – become a subject of fascination in themselves.

This event is part of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere's speaker series, "Death: Confronting the Great Divide."

Contact: Timothy Blanton

Website: http://www.humanities.ufl.edu/calendar-2016-17-Speaker-Series.html

Location: Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art

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