Rebecca Sabatini

Rebecca Sabatini

XXXVIII cycle

Curriculum: Transdisciplinarity

Tutor: Massimo Leone (FBK-ISR)

This research aims to investigate the phenomenon of the exposition of mummified human remains, through a history of religion and cultural anthropological approach. Starting from a diachronic study of the conception of death behind the Modern Age mummification techniques common in the South of Italy (e.g. the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo), the analysis will be carried out using the conceptual tools offered by the most recent critical discussions on cultural heritage, dark tourism, religious tourism and cultural tourism, and on the connection between religion and secular religion. A focal point of the analysis will be the different levels of “secular sacralization” implied in the “objectification process” that transforms human remains (that have a specific intrinsic religious meaning) into “sacred” museum objects.