Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead

Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead

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by Peter Manseau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805091475

ISBN-13: 9780805091472

Pub. Date: 03/02/2010

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

By Examining Relics-the bits and pieces of long-dead saints at the heart of nearly all religious traditions-Peter Manseau delivers a book about life, and about faith and how it is sustained. The result of wide travel and the author's own deep curiosity, filled with true tales of the living and dubious legends of the dead, Rag and Bone provides a thoughtful and

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By Examining Relics-the bits and pieces of long-dead saints at the heart of nearly all religious traditions-Peter Manseau delivers a book about life, and about faith and how it is sustained. The result of wide travel and the author's own deep curiosity, filled with true tales of the living and dubious legends of the dead, Rag and Bone provides a thoughtful and fascinating look into, as Manseau describes it, "the primordial strangeness that is at the heart of belief," the place where the abstractions of faith meet the realities of physical objects, of rags and bones.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805091472
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: In the Beginning was the Tongue 1

1 Catch a Martyr by the Toe 19

2 Pulling a Lama's Leg 53

3 One, Two, Three, Foreskin 73

4 A Gentle Ribbing 107

5 Hands Across the Water 135

6 The Most Dangerous Whisker in the World 151

7 Tooth and Nail 175

8 Splitting Hairs 201

Epilogue: What Remains 231

Notes 237

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Rag and Bone 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only did I learn about the history and use of religious relics, but I enjoyed doing it as I read this delightfully funny and satirical book. LLL
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've ever stood in awe of the art and mystery of religious iconography this is the book of ultimate source material. The stories uncovered in these chapters literally unearth bones from the matrix. As I've stood in front of the bones of St Catherine in Rome, it's always fascinating to discover just where else she might lie. This is a rich and multi-layered look at the history of relics and veneration of our saints.
the_curious_reader More than 1 year ago
Rag and Bone author Peter Manseau romps his readers through a minefield of sacred reliquaries, and all but the most devoted faithful will emerge both edified and unscathed. From the cover forward true belivers will no doubt avoid this relatively lighthearted yet thoughtful gem, leaving the more sceptically inclined readers to revel in the author's observations and insights. After reading, I delete most books from my Nook. A few stay put, and this is one of them.
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marjo More than 1 year ago
Somewhat entertaining, somewhat informative . . . A rather gruesome look at what's left of the human remains of the saints. Given that every Catholic Church must have a relic, and some have many relics, this might have been a weighty book. Instead, it's a pretty thin volume, without apparent theme, rhyme or reason. The book leads one to believe that the more remains, the more important the saint has become known and revered. . . a rather cynical view. Read it for shock-value and trivia, but not for serious study.
Inquire More than 1 year ago
This was an easy to read, compelling to put down, mind stimulating book. The history was fascinating. My friends who read it thought it would be a great book to use for a book club. It certainly answered more questions than I thought I had. It is one of the best books I've read, and I read a lot of books. I certainly rate it with five stars. With all of the advances in science, it certainly will be interesting to have researchers date and truly authenticate the relic remains. It certainly also gave you a few chuckles along the way.
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