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The Spirits of Crossbones Graveyard

January 26, 2017 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Every month, an iconoclastic group of Londoners gather at a site in Southwark known as Crossbones Graveyard to commemorate the souls of medieval prostitutes believed to be buried there – the “Winchester Geese”. This is a pilgrimage site for self-identified misfits, nonconformists and contemporary sex workers who leave memorials to the outcast dead. The ritual interpretation of the history of the site has struck a chord with many who feel alienated in present-day London.

£4 / £2 concessions

Oxford anthropologist Prof Sondra L Hausner looks at the historical practices of sex work, the relation of the Church to these professions, and their representation in the present, arguing that ritual is a way of creating the contemporary world by mobilising stories of the past.

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Date:
January 26, 2017
Time:
7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
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Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1462633053765297/

Venue

The Bell
50 Middlesex Street
London, E1 7EX United Kingdom
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Organiser

The London Fortean Society
Phone:
0795 201 2487
Website:
http://forteanlondon.blogspot.co.uk/