Reliquary?

Discussion in 'Research' started by Butterfly, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Butterfly

    Butterfly Dark Lord

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    I have a question...

    If a reliquary is a box that holds the bones and other relics of saints or holy people, what is the correct term for a box that holds the bones (etc) of a non-saint or non-holy person such as a commoner?

    This is a smallish box needed for what remains of a character (which is not much), but is not a coffin.
     
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  2. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Valar Lord

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    An Ossuary would be my guess... It is often a building of some sorts but can be smaller...
     
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  3. skip.knox

    skip.knox Staff Moderator

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    Sarcophagus? Those can be small (e.g., for children)
     
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  4. SerpentSun

    SerpentSun Apprentice

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    Or maybe just an urn? I know urns are usually for ashes, but a lot of the ashes from cremation are actually bone chunks and powder. Or at least my brother's ashes are.
     
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  5. psychotick

    psychotick Dark Lord

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    Hi,

    Ossuaries are often used to contain the bones of multiple people. I sense you want a container for the remains of a single person, but something smaller than a coffin. I'd agree with Serpentsun that an urn would be perfect if the remains have been cremated. Alternatively you can make up a term such as "sacred chest" etc.

    Cheers, Greg.
     
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