Relics and Remains

Paperback | September 12, 2010

EditorAlexandra Walsham

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Edited by Alexandra Walsham, this wide-ranging collection of essays is the first to explore the relic as a religious and cultural phenomenon in a broad comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. It considers the ways in which human remains and material objects have become the focus ofworship, celebrity, curiosity, and conflict in a range of eras and cultures stretching from antiquity to the twenty-first century, and from Western Europe to the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, the Indian subcontinent and China. The contributors assess when and why bodies and belongings are revered as sacred by the adherents of different faiths, alongside the dynastic, ideological and ethnic contests and rivalries they have served to stimulate in a range of past societies. They examine the politics and economics of theidentification, creation and use of relics and remains and their significance and function in the spheres of memory, history, and heritage. Bringing together historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and scholars of religion, the volume seeks to stimulate further research on this neglected butintriguing theme.

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Edited by Alexandra Walsham, this wide-ranging collection of essays is the first to explore the relic as a religious and cultural phenomenon in a broad comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. It considers the ways in which human remains and material objects have become the focus ofworship, celebrity, curiosity, and conflict in a...

Alexandra Walsham completed a BA and MA at the University of Melbourne before winning a Commonwealth Scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, where she completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Patrick Collinson. She held a Research Fellowship at Emmanuel College between 1993 and 1996 before being appointed as Lecturer in ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:335 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:September 12, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alexandra Walsham: Introduction: Relics and Remains2. Robert Morkot: Divine of Body: The Remains of Egyptian Kings - Preservation, Reverence, and Memory in a World without Relics3. Robin Osborne: Relics and Remains in an Ancient Greek World full of Anthropomorphic Gods4. Julia M. H. Smith: Rulers and Relics c.750-c.950: Treasure on Earth, Treasure in Heaven5. Josef W. Meri: Relics of Piety and Power in Medieval Islam6. Alexandra Walsham: Skeletons in the Cupboard: Relics after the English Reformation7. Ulinka Rublack: Grapho-Relics: Lutheranism and the Materialization of the World8. Howard Louthan: Tongues, Toes, and Bones: Remembering Saints in Early Modern Bohemia9. John S. Strong: 'The Devil was in that Little Bone': The Portuguese Capture and Destruction of the Buddha's Tooth-Relic, Goa, 151610. Paul Gillingham: That Strange Business of Memory: Relic Forgert in Latin America11. Allan Knight: The Several Legs of Santa Anna: A Saga of Secular Relics12. Adam Yuet Chau: Mao's Travelling Mangoes: Food as Relic in Revolutionary China13. James Mark: What Remains? Anti-Communism, Forensic Archaeology, and the Retelling of the National Past in Lithuania and Romania14. Daniel Branch: The Search for the Remains of Dedan Kimathi: The Politics of Death and Memoralization in Post-Colonial Kenya15. Zoe Waxman: Testimonies as Sacred Texts: The Sanctification of Holocaust Writing