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Marjorie's "cluttered chapels" posting showed a photograph of a chapel in
New Orleans
http://www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/6157/st_roch3.html
in  which one can see crutches and braces as well as what I take to be
body-part ex votos.  The latter are well known from Greek and Roman
antiquity and their use is evidently much older than that.  But the
particular practice of which I was speaking was that indicated in my
altered Subject line: leaving crutches, braces, walkers, etc. as ex
votos.  Here's a modern example (also from the formerly French New World)
focusing on these alone:
http://www.kensmen.com/catholic/crutchesofsteannedebeaupre2.jpg
There's plenty of Old World evidence too for these as ex votos (and by no
means restricted to Italy, which I cited by way of example in response to
Marjorie's mention of voodoo).  But what evidence do we have that they were
also widely used in this fashion in Greek and Roman antiquity? And when and
where do we begin to hear of their use as ex votos medievally?

Best again,
John Dillon


At 03:44 PM 7/31/2004 -0500, Jim wrote:
>medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
>
> > > This particular practice is very common in Italy,
> >
> > i believe that the custom was a universal.
>
>It was also a very old practice that was widespread at both Roman and Greek
>healing shrines -- one of many synchretistic devotional practices found in
>medieval
>religion, and beyond.

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