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Corps du saint, corps du pécheur

Abstract : In the Life of Simeon the Younger, the saint's body is depicted on two antithetical ways: as a suffering body submitted to ascetic mortifications (fasting, privation of sleep, stasis, self-torture) and injured up to the point of rotting and stinking; but also as a radiant, angel-like body, perfumed and full of light, like the transfigured Christ's body. As to the sinners' bodies, they are afflicted with the most various pains, distorted, swollen, gangrenous, wormeaten, and agitated by demoniac forces - as if they were suffering hell on earth. Just because he has voluntarily experienced the worst kinds of human sufferings, Simeon is in a position to act as an intercessor and he has the Christ's power of working miraculous healings, which he performs, like Christ, through his own body.
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Corinne Jouanno. Corps du saint, corps du pécheur. Lalies (Paris), Paris: Presses de l'Ecole normale supérieure, 2004, Actes des sessions de linguistique et de littérature d’Aussois, 25-30 août 2003, 24, pp.87-107. ⟨hal-02534284⟩



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