Penitent's belt, Europe, 1401–1700

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Penitent's belt, Europe, 1401–1700. The metal teeth attached to this leather belt are worn around the thigh as a type of penance. Penance in the form of prayers is carried out by some Christians in the hope of being forgiven for their sins. Christian belief during 1501–1800 taught that illness and disease were the result of sin. Penance was carried out by fasting and, in some cases, by inflicting physical harm on one’s self. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: p7zh5qen.

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