hieraticism

hieraticism

the principles, attitudes, and practices of priests as a group, both Christian and non-Christian. — hieratic, adj.
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17) According to Paglia's characterization of Italian Catholicism in Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (New York: Vintage, 1991), "A sense of the mystic and uncanny has pervaded Italian culture for thousands of years, a pagan hieraticism flowering again in Catholicism, with its polychrome statues of martyred saints, its holy elbows and jawbones sealed in altarstones, and its mummified corpses on illuminated display" (p.