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La double chair du lépreux : une accusée piteuse et une humiliée glorieuse

Abstract : The East and West medieval societies are based on the Christians values of the Pastoral theology of reception and care. Between the sick-helped people, the lepers formed a categories set apart. Two opposites representations cross each other. The first one is the one of the sick ridiculous, bestial and embarrassing that the Greeks Fathers from the Church trying to shatter in order to favors the help from the believers. The second one, shaped by the West clerics is dual. It is founded on a contradiction: the leper is at the same time caused by the non-respect of the religious interdictions and the divine’s choice. As it is Christ suffering, the leper’s flesh oscillates between the humiliation and the glory. For being accepted by the social body and benefit from care, to pass from the impurity to purity, it must be submitted to the rites of numerous of sources offer several examples.
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Damien Jeanne. La double chair du lépreux : une accusée piteuse et une humiliée glorieuse. Chapelain de Seréville-Niel Cécile, Delaplace Christine, Jeanne Damien, Sineux Pierre. Purifier, soigner ou guérir ? Maladies et lieux religieux de la Méditerranée antique à la Normandie médiévale, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, pp.17-32, 2020. ⟨halshs-02139476⟩



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