The catacomb saints

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Prøv et øyeblikk å ta inn over deg at du sitter og ser på sjelettene av katolske martyrer fra tidlig kristen tid, gravd opp fra katakombene under Roma i renessansen og kledd i gull, edelstener og dyre stoffer. For det er akkurat det du gjør. De juvelbesatte helgnene ble mot slutten av 1500-tallet plassert i kirker rundt om i Europa for å minne troende (eller tvilende) om hvilken rikdom som vender i døden, men siden gjemt unna da forholdet til tilbedelse av relikvier endret seg. Paul Koudounaris har dratt rundt og funnet dem igjen, og dokumentert dem i boka Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs. Den kommer for salg 8 oktober og kan vel allerede noteres opp på lista over julegaveønsker.

TRANSLATION
Try to grasp for a second that the pictures you are looking at show the skeletons of martyrs from early christian times, digged up from the catacombes under Rome during the renaissance and clad in fine clothes, gold and precious stones. Because they do. Sometime during the last half of the 16th century, these bejeweled saints were displayed in churches all over Europe, to remind the christians of what awaited them in death. Later they were hidden, as the view on relics and death changed, but now Paul Koudounaris has travelled around to find and document them. On October 8th his book Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs comes out, and I already know what I want for christmas this year.