Tag: Girolamo Savonarola

History of religion

Burning culture

It was not uncommon in 15th century Italy in Mardi Gras celebrations for the faithful to burn objects that might tempt them into sin—objects such as mirrors, cosmetic items and fine clothing. Also burned were temptations to use time in such frivolous pursuits as playing card games, enjoying music or art or reading secular literature. In modern times there have been public burnings of popular phonograph records, best-selling books and religious literature, not to mention the destruction of historical treasures.