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Economies of the Shrine

Posted By Alison K. Frazier, Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Economies of the Shrine

 The Hagiography Society is pleased invite papers that explore the ways in which saints’ cults and definitions of sanctity are invariably bound up with money. We welcome a wide and multi-disciplinary variety of perspectives on the economics of cult in global Catholicism: papers might explore how pilgrimage sites generated revenue for religious orders and near-by towns; how artisans received commissions for religious images to encourage pilgrimage; how ex-voto objects fit into the shrine economy; how travel guides supported economic aspects of religious tourism; and how individual entrepreneurs found shrine-related niches. Scholars might also approach the topic from the perspective of the saints, asking how the holy protectors themselves respond to donations, protect treasure and, through visions, uncover lost wealth. 

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