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Ex-voto dedications
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Chosen and explained by Taeko UDAGAWA "Christianity is Part of Their Life". The church continues to be one of the most important actors in Italian communities. It continues to play an important role in all aspects of their life, though the extent and types of involvement have experienced some change. I am inspired to think about the importance of religion once again.

History of the Object
One of the lasting impressions I gained on first visiting Italy about 20 years ago, for some field research, was that Christianity and the church played a much bigger part in people’s daily life than I had expected. This situation is basically unchanged even now. Although church teaching, including sexual norms, has become less convincing, and fewer people attend mass, there are many people, regardless of age and sex, who continue to make wishes to the saints, and talk to priests about their worries.

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Type
Other 
Materials
brass 
Measurements
Width 8.4 cm. Height 0.2 cm. Length 23 cm.  
Creator name
Italian 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Italy 
Geography
Italy 
Time period
AD 21th century ~ AD 21th century 
Creation date
21st Century; 2003 
Function
Dedication to a saint or divinity after a wish is fulfilled. 
Acquisition
Collected in 1988 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
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