The Odour of Sanctity

  • Michael L. Nash


Nash considers here the phenomenon of Osmogenesis (The Odour of Sanctity) by which exhumed or uncovered bodies give off a sweet odour and remain uncorrupted. Long thought to be a sign of the sanctity of the individual, there may be a convincing modern explanation, which Nash examines, while not denigrating the possible sanctity of individuals. There is a mystery as to why it remains largely a female phenomenon, although there are a few male candidates.

The reluctance to disturb the Christian dead (and those of other faiths) is also considered, and the more modern cases of Fr. Jarzebowski and Wiltold Orlowski, two Polish émigrés, as well as the Polish aristocrat Prince Stanislas Radziwill.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael L. Nash
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  1. 1.Norwich Business SchoolUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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