THE EMOTIONAL VALUE OF JEWELLERY: “Offering jewellery to the ones who can not wear it: Burying the dead with jewellery, adorning icons with jewellery in contemporary Greece.” Part 4/7

A pitch by Loukia Richards for the JEWELLERY MATTERS International Symposium at Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 16 November 2017. You may read Part I and Part II by scrolling down blog updates.

Photo credit: Christoph Ziegler/Loukia Richards

Picture #1.

Greek spirituality reflects a culture of public argument and reasonable doubt, an intellectual tradition that gave citizens a voice and God, overseeing them, a human face.

Textile bracelets and crosses made of 33 knots for the 33 years of Jesus’ life.


 Picture #2.

Although Christianity does not favor sepulchral jewellery – for king or beggar are equal before God- the custom lives on.
Personal items such as a basket ball or a team flag, small icons and decorative objects are placed on the tomb, while identity jewellery is buried with the dead.


Picture #3.

Celebrating dinner on the family tomb expresses the belief that death does not break the contact to the dear ones.

The ancient faith on the co-existence of three worlds:

earth, heaven and the in-between

lives on in contemporary Greece.





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