Sacred Scents in Early Christianity and Islam Hardback
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Sacred Scents in Early Christianity and Islam
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At the same time, theologians praised both men and women who purified and transformed their bodies into aromatic offerings to God. Both Christian and Muslim pilgrims venerated sainted men and women with perfumed offerings at tombstones; indeed, Christians and Muslims often worshipped together, honoring common heroes such as Abraham, Moses, and Jonah. Sacred Scents begins by surveying aroma's quotidian functions in Roman and pre-Islamic cultural milieus within homes, temples, poetry, kitchens, and medicines. Existing scholarship tends to frame 'scent' as something available only to the wealthy or elite; however, perfumes, spices, and incense wafted through the lives of most early Christians and Muslims. It ends by examining both traditions' views of Paradise, identified as the archetypal Garden and source of all perfumes and sweet smells. Both Christian and Islamic texts explain Adam and Eve's profound grief at losing access to these heavenly aromas and celebrate God's mercy in allowing earthly remembrances. Sacred scent thus prompts humanity's grief for what was lost and the yearning for paradisiacal transformation still to come.
Sacred Scents in Early Christianity and Islam by Mary Thurlkill was published by Lexington Books in June 2016. The ISBN for Sacred Scents in Early Christianity and Islam is 9780739174524.
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|Author / Artist||Mary Thurlkill|
|Publisher||Lexington Books (June 2016)|
|Number of Pages||234|
|Page last updated||23rd September 2017|