Making Sense of Things: Archaeologies of Sensory Perception by Fredrik Fahlander & Anna Kjellstroem (Eds.)

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Within Christianity laurel, which adorned several buried children, has been a symbol of immortality. Tradition maintains that the earliest Christians laid their dead on laurel leaves since “those fallen asleep in Christ never cease to live” (my translation; Dahlby1963:230). The coronets, worn by children and unmarried virgins and made of different materials, thus seem to bear several related connotations. They represent immortality and victory over death. They also stand for chastity, purity and innocence and perhaps also the celebration of triumph over carnal lusts.

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