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Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead
 
 
Author
Peter Manseau.
Publisher Henry Holt  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780805086522
Pages/Publication Date 243/2009
Daedalus Item Code 12565
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The impulse to preserve and revere the body parts of the holy deceased has been a part of the human experience since the Buddha lost his baby teeth and John the Baptist lost his head, says Peter Manseau, author of the memoir Vows and coauthor of Killing the Buddha. With postmortem accounts of Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, and a crowd of other holy souls, this surprising and delightful book travels around the world to tell the hidden histories of relics—the bits and pieces of long-dead saints found in most religious traditions. Manseau writes movingly about life, the varieties of faith, and how both life and faith are sustained.

"An intriguing tour of the world's most holy hairs, hearts, and hands that refuses to lapse into the sort of confessional cant that deadens much writing on religion today. Rag and Bone is alive with both humorous and heartbreaking observations about the chicanery and mystery of things seen and unseen."—Stephen Prothero

 
 
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