10. Touching, Crafting, Knowing: Religious Artefacts and the Fetish within Animism
University of Winchester, University of Wales TSD
At the shrine of the Virgin of Alcala in Spain, touch is the medium through which Catholic Christians perform their devotion and maintain traditions. In moments of touch, the personhood of the Virgin emerges, and material objects (perhaps ‘fetishes’) are offered not only to the Virgin but also to critical exploration.