Due Reverence
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A written piece by emmademarais adapted for commaful. see the rest: https://archiveofourown.o...

Due Reverence

“So, this is the lost reliquary?”

Paul stepped back so that Evie could better see the small box on the table between him and Alva.

“Stolen, not lost and technically a philatory,” he explained.

“What’s the difference?” she asked, moving closer to examine the gilt wood and glass object.

“A reliquary,” Alva began, cutting off Paul in his best professorial voice, “is simply a container for a relic. The term is not reserved for Catholicism.

Buddhists have reliquaries known as stupa; in Japan the term most often used is tō. They range from tiny paper packets to buildings such as pagodas or shariden – a Japanese relic hall.

A philatory, is more specifically a reliquary designed to enable viewing of the artifact. As such, it normally has glass or some other clear viewing area built in, as does this one.”

“So it’s worth a ton of money?” Evie looked at it with renewed interest.

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