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Humanist Archives: Jan. 25, 2019, 6:46 a.m. Humanist 32.382 - graffiti and the history of emotion

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        Date: 2019-01-24 06:49:42+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: scholarship on historical passionate graffiti

My only historical contribution to this interesting off-branching of the
thread I started is the practice of cutting one's 'tag', as we'd call it
now, into the interior of wooden doors of medieval stave churches in
Norway. I've seen such tagging all over the door of the Borgund Church,
Laerdal (see the Wikipedia entry). The keeper of this marvellous
building in the interior of Norway told me that the practice was
regarded as a religious act. I haven't followed up on his remark, but
I'd think that it would be a matter of (informed?) inference.

Photographically the best book on the stave church that I know of is 
Dan Lindholm and Walther Roggenkamp, Stave Churches in Norway (London: 
Rudolf Steiner Press, 1969). An example of this tagging, for the 
church at Ulvik, can be found on p. 60.

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London;
Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary
Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist

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