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Cultural Impacts of Climate Change: Increased Precipitation and the Watery Miracles of Italian Saints

By February 21, 2022February 26th, 2022No Comments

This article demonstrates how climatic extremes feed into and amplify ongoing cultural change and pave way for power relations in the society. Its findings are important for the role that religion and ideologies will play in future reactions to climatic extremes around the world.

Our team of authors analysed ancient texts and a stalagmite from a Tuscan cave and show that, in response to increased rainfall and flooding in the sixth century AD, a new type of miracle emerged in the stories of saints circulating in Italy at the end of antiquity: the power of the saints over the element of water on land and in the air.

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