The saints of television
[ by Charles Cameron — on St Clare’s feast, two tales of miraculous television, and the fragmented memory of a third ]
Today, August 11th, is in the Catholic calendar the Feast of St Clare of Assisi, friend of St Francis and patron saint of television:
In celebrating her day, I cannot but remember the Sufi al-Sha’rani, whose capacity #20 as recorded in Arberry‘s little book has long delighted me.
I believe similar, more detailed stories are told of other Sufi saints, one of whom (if memory serves) saw and greeted from Spain a master in Damascus or Baghdad with whom he would subsequently meet.
I should look into that..
August 13th, 2016 at 9:34 am
I think there are similar tales of the Baal Shem Tov and long-distance viewing. Some Hasid mystics reportedly teleported. Cool double-quote.
August 13th, 2016 at 11:44 pm
I didn’t find anything on a quick search, Ken, but I did run across this terrific early hipvbone game board — apparenbtly from the Bodleian’s Huntington collection, though I couldn’t find it on their site:
This makes a fine addition to my series On the felicities of graph-based game-board design.