May 24, 2011

Severed Head (not that kind) of the Saint of Genital Diseases

My news feed this morning brought me the report of a 19th century painting whose subject was revealed based on a giant testicular tumor, and now I get the BBC's report that the "Severed head of patron saint of genital disease [is] on sale." (Image below via BBC.)


In the 14th century, Vitalis was reportedly quite a promiscuous young man. He eventually expiated his sins, became a monk, and was beatified as Saint Vitalis of Assisi, patron saint of genital diseases. His head will be auctioned on May 29. It's currently valued at between $1,100 and $1,700. Y'all want to give me some money to buy this relic, right?

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