A withered tongue. Teeth. A piece of foreskin. What do these things have in common (aside from a certain "gross" factor)? They are just a few of the relics, or remains of the holy, author Peter Manseau investigates in this unique travelogue. Rag and Bone explores the myths and stories behind some of the world's most sacred remains, taking readers from a small decaying church in Goa, India to the far reaches of Kashmir. The journey starts with Manseau's first encounter with relics as a boy. This experience sparks an interest and leads to a journey around the world. The questions Manseau asks aren't so much are these objects authentic or holy, but how they came to be venerated and how their conferred sacredness helps to explain the relationship between the physical and spiritual realms. A fascinating read.
Submitted by Kristina @ MPL Central