Sacred Folly

Sacred Folly

For centuries, the Feast of Fools has been condemned and occasionally celebrated as a disorderly, even transgressive Christian festival, in which reveling clergy elected a burlesque Lord of Misrule, presided over the divine office wearing animal masks or women's clothes, sang obscene songs, swung censers that gave off foul-smelling smoke, played dice at the altar, and otherwise parodied the liturgy of the church. Afterward, they would take to the streets, howling,… (more)

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Publisher: Cornell University Press (February 03, 2011)

Parent ISBN: 9780801449567

Page count: 336 pages

Language: English


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