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Relics

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Author(s): Wiśniewski, Robert
Sacred objects holding a special power were known in diverse religions, some of which, like Buddhism (Strong, 2004), attributed such a power to the bodies of “special dead.” Yet this was not a universal phenomenon. With the Greeks the belief in the power of heroes’ bodies was rather marginal (Hartman, 2009), and the Romans did not know it at all. In the Old Testament, just two passages suggest that the bones of some prophets could hav…
Date: 2020-12-17