Memórias e espaços de uma devoção urbana: O culto a S. Sebastião em Alcácer do Sal (séculos XV-XVI)

Translated title of the contribution: Memories and spaces of an urban devotion: The Saint Sebastian cult in Alcácer do Sal (15th-16th centuries)

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Abstract

This paper seeks to study the religious devotion attached to a specific urban space - Alcácer do Sal - and the testimonies, which we believe are original, that evidence the continuity of that same devotion in modern times. Thus, we intend to trace the Saint Sebastian cult paths in that village and their particular relation with surviving iconographical vestiges, specifically the image of Saint Sebastian in the beginning of the 16th century, not yet analysed by the History of Art, and a manuscript alluding to the plague which spread in Portugal in 1569, reaching Alcácer do Sal in August, and directly connected with the devotion to the same saint. They are two historical sources which, interconnected, unravel some of the quotidian and devotional aspects of the urban life in those plague times marked by fear and affliction.

Translated title of the contributionMemories and spaces of an urban devotion: The Saint Sebastian cult in Alcácer do Sal (15th-16th centuries)
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationLusitania Sacra
EditorsSérgio Ribeiro Pinto
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherCentro de Estudos de Historia Religiosa
Pages207-240
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9789728361822
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Publication series

NameLusitania Sacra
Volume35
ISSN (Print)0076-1508
ISSN (Electronic)2182-8822

Keywords

  • Alcácer do Sal
  • Miracles
  • Plague
  • Popular religiosity
  • Saint Sebastian cult

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