Friday, October 02, 2009 :::
We've been touring a LOT of churches and cathedrals across the Italian countryside. I can really only see so many altars, baptisteries, frescoes, and marble bishops before they all sorta blend together into one ginormous monster church in my mind. Of course, I've taken pictures of all of them to help keep my memory straight.
But no matter which church or cathedral we enter, there is always one thing they will never allow me to photograph: the gruesome relics. And of course, they are always the items that pique my interest the most. So I had to scrounge the Internet to find images of some of the creepy things I've seen over the past week. Here are a few of my favorites:
The Hair of St. Clair:
Yeah, it looks sorta just like a fright wig in a box, but still. Gross.
The Tongue and Jaw of St. Anthony:
They also had his vocal chords, which basically just looked like a black wad of dried-up glop, but the lumpy black tongue was by far my favorite. Grosser.
The Finger of St. Catherine:
This one shocked me the most, probably due to how it was mounted into what looked to me like a gilded lipstick container. Plus, it's just so weird to have a lone bony mummified finger pointing to the sky like that. Grossest.
Italy is awesome!
::: posted by dan at 1:14 AM :: [ link ] :: (2) comments
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So I was reading up on St. Claire since I wanted to see how hold the hair was and come to find out she ended up in the religious life because on March 20, 1212, Clare's parents had decided she would marry a wealthy young man. In desperation Clare escaped her home and sought refuge with St. Francis. Given the same choice I think I might have chose differently. GOD forbid I ever end up with anyone who's young and wealthy... sigh.......
By , at 12:25 PM
"old" the hair was. Sorry.
By , at 12:26 PM
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