On the journey to sainthood: Father Damien and the presentation of missionary work in nineteenth-century Hawaiʻi in a Belgian museum

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Abstract

Father Damien was a Roman Catholic missionary who lived in Hawaiʻi amongst people with Hansen’s disease. He eventually contracted the disease and, after his death in 1889, evolved into the martyred icon (later saint) of Molokaʻi. This paper explores the role of a museum in remembering a missionary saint by focusing on the Damien Museum in Tremelo, Belgium. It does so by focusing on the role of material objects as an essential element of religious devotion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMaterial Religion
Volume19
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Oct 2022

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