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  • Celebrating a medieval ‘Miracle of Amsterdam’ in city better known for its vices

    Celebrating a medieval ‘Miracle of Amsterdam’ in city better known for its vices

    • Apr 7, 2018

    On March 15, 1345, a priest administered the last rites to a dying man, who lived on an Amsterdam street called Kalverstraat. The sick man vomited the Communion host, which, per custom, was cast into a fire. The next morning, however, the sacrament was intact, untouched by the flames like Moses’ burning bush. It was preserved as a sacred relic, which attracted pilgrims.

  • How the dead danced with the living in medieval society

    How the dead danced with the living in medieval society

    • Oct 31, 2017

    Dance of Death (Danse Macabre) murals typically depicted decaying corpses dancing amid representative figures of late medieval society, ranked highest to lowest: A pope, an emperor, a bishop, a king, a cardinal, a knight and down to a beggar, all ambling diffidently toward their mortal end while the corpses frolic with lithe movements and gestures.

  • What the devil? Spaniards clang bells in religious festival

    What the devil? Spaniards clang bells in religious festival

    • Feb 4, 2017

    Members of the town’s all-male religious brotherhood dress up in what they consider devil-type characters, donning colorful jumpsuits and red miter hats. Almost every male in the village, from boys up to the elderly, then take part in processions through the twisting village streets.

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