Rafaela Ferraz is creating a compendium of human remains currently on display in Portugal
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patrons

HELLO!

My name is Rafaela Ferraz, and I'm on a mission to meet and greet (and tell the story of) every dead body currently on display in my home country, Portugal. You may have met my inaugural efforts, Elizabeth of Aragon's incorrupt hand and Diogo Alves' pickled head, but just wait until we get to the holy ankles and the royal hearts and the veritable army of folk saints.

I am interested, above all, in two things:

  • The reasons we deem some bodies, and not others, fit for public viewing;
  • The degree to which we rationalize (and ritualize) our visits to these bodies.

This sounds simple. Here's the catch: there's very little research available on the subject of dead people who ended up in Portuguese glass cases, and that which is available isn't exactly accessible. Sometimes, this means jumping through bureaucratic hoops for permission to read a 19th century execution warrant; other times, it means undertaking a 300-mile journey just to double-check a burial detail.

There's nothing else I'd rather be doing, but my resources are finite: this is where you come in. If you're interested in death practices, social justice, medical history and religious history, and the ever-evolving ethics of displaying human remains, please consider becoming a patron. I'll be eternally thankful, and you'll offered a look into the lives and times (and afterlives) of very real people whose remains, for one reason or another, didn't get to rest in peace.

HOW IT WORKS

Patreon allows you to set up monthly donations to people and causes you support. Different donation levels net you different rewards: in my case, for $1-4 a month, you will receive access to patron-only snippets of upcoming articles; for $5-9 a month, you will unlock my list of human remains currently on display; for $10 a month and up, you will be given research notes for every article developed in the context of this project.
Tiers
OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD
$1 or more per month
For $1 a month, you get to sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy the patron-only feed. Included are snippets of upcoming articles and notes from the road.
PINKIES UP
$5 or more per month
For $5 a month, you will be invited to peruse my list-in-progress of human remains currently on display (feel free to use it as a travel guide).


Previous reward also included.

CUTTING OUR TEETH
$10 or more per month
For $10 a month, you will receive my research notes for every article developed in the context of this project. You'd be surprised at what ends up on the cutting room floor.


Previous rewards also included. 

Goals
13% complete
Clearing this goal means clearing my internet bill, which means I can hunker down at my desk, and read digitized 19th century newspapers like a woman obsessed with primary sources.

My eyes will be on articles regarding the study and preservation of human bodies, but I'll be sure to share any other quirky stories I come across. (I can't wait to tell you about the newborn with two tongues.)
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HELLO!

My name is Rafaela Ferraz, and I'm on a mission to meet and greet (and tell the story of) every dead body currently on display in my home country, Portugal. You may have met my inaugural efforts, Elizabeth of Aragon's incorrupt hand and Diogo Alves' pickled head, but just wait until we get to the holy ankles and the royal hearts and the veritable army of folk saints.

I am interested, above all, in two things:

  • The reasons we deem some bodies, and not others, fit for public viewing;
  • The degree to which we rationalize (and ritualize) our visits to these bodies.

This sounds simple. Here's the catch: there's very little research available on the subject of dead people who ended up in Portuguese glass cases, and that which is available isn't exactly accessible. Sometimes, this means jumping through bureaucratic hoops for permission to read a 19th century execution warrant; other times, it means undertaking a 300-mile journey just to double-check a burial detail.

There's nothing else I'd rather be doing, but my resources are finite: this is where you come in. If you're interested in death practices, social justice, medical history and religious history, and the ever-evolving ethics of displaying human remains, please consider becoming a patron. I'll be eternally thankful, and you'll offered a look into the lives and times (and afterlives) of very real people whose remains, for one reason or another, didn't get to rest in peace.

HOW IT WORKS

Patreon allows you to set up monthly donations to people and causes you support. Different donation levels net you different rewards: in my case, for $1-4 a month, you will receive access to patron-only snippets of upcoming articles; for $5-9 a month, you will unlock my list of human remains currently on display; for $10 a month and up, you will be given research notes for every article developed in the context of this project.

Recent posts by Rafaela Ferraz

Tiers
OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD
$1 or more per month
For $1 a month, you get to sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy the patron-only feed. Included are snippets of upcoming articles and notes from the road.
PINKIES UP
$5 or more per month
For $5 a month, you will be invited to peruse my list-in-progress of human remains currently on display (feel free to use it as a travel guide).


Previous reward also included.

CUTTING OUR TEETH
$10 or more per month
For $10 a month, you will receive my research notes for every article developed in the context of this project. You'd be surprised at what ends up on the cutting room floor.


Previous rewards also included.