On Being Corporeal in the Modern World

9 06 2008

…Or: The Luxury of Monday morning theological quaterbacking

When I was a teenager, one of the Mexican religious icons I began to notice was that of the poor beggar Lazarus from the Gospels who is represented with open soars and with dogs licking those soars. This is part of the earthiness of Spanish Catholicism that I have described before: the use of images of the fallen world to ascend beyond the world of appearances towards the absolute. Indeed, I have read in some places (they escape me now and my readers can thus confirm is this is true) that some Spanish kings would be buried with open caskets to show their decay to their subjects: even their mortal kings, when you got down to it, were but rot, dust, and ashes.
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