Architectures of Healing – Cure through Sleep, Touch, and Travel (ed.)


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  • kyklàda press
  • 2021
  • ISBN 9789464202854
  • 96 pages
  • Softcover
  • 16 × 10 × 1 cm

Today, many feel fettered by insomnia, untouchability, and restrictions on movement. Looking for a more holistic approach to bodily and mental health, this book explores architectures and elementary forms of care and healing in different time periods: from the powers of sleep, touch, and travel in Asklepieia, the ancient healing temples for divine dream encounters alleviating the pain of the ailing pilgrim; to the attentiveness carried through the healing touch from the establishment of Byzantine hospitals till our times; to a pilgrimage center in modern-day Lesbos on a personal search for healing from the traumas of war and patriarchy; to the liberating and self-preserving powers of sleep as a healing response to past and current systems of oppression.

Architectures of Healing, 400 BC to 200
by David Bergé

The Healing Power of Sleep
by Milica Ivić

The Healing Touch
by Antigone Samellas

My Grandmother’s Desire to Heal:
A Pilgrimage to Lesbos
by Valentina Karga

managing editor
Dimitra Kondylatou

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