On the journey to sainthood: Father Damien and the presentation of missionary work in nineteenth-century Hawaiʻi in a Belgian museum

Jacobs, Karen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1794-3078 (2023) On the journey to sainthood: Father Damien and the presentation of missionary work in nineteenth-century Hawaiʻi in a Belgian museum. Material Religion, 19 (1). pp. 1-33. ISSN 1743-2200

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Abstract

Father Damien was a Roman Catholic missionary who lived in Hawai‘i amongst people with leprosy, currently known as Hansen’s disease. He eventually contracted the disease himself and, after his death in 1889, was transformed into the martyred icon (later saint) of Moloka‘i. This paper explores the role of a museum in remembering a missionary saint by focusing on the Damien Museum in Tremelo, Belgium. It does so by focusing on the role of material objects as an essential element of religious devotion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: damien museum,father damien,hansen’s disease,hawai‘i,beatification,visual arts and performing arts,religious studies ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1213
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2022 08:30
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2023 15:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/88891
DOI: 10.1080/17432200.2022.2134687

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