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The word relic comes from the Latin reliquiae, meaning “remains” or “something left behind” (the same root as relinquish). It has come to mean many things to different people. Relics can be religious, as in the veneration of sacred objects in several religion. Relic is also the term for something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared, but also an object cherished for historical or memorial value (such as a keepsake or heirloom).

“Cultural relic” is a common translation for “Wenwu” (文物), a common Chinese word that usually means “antique” but can be extended to anything, including object and monument, that is of historical and cultural value.

mosaic at Paphos, southern Cyprus

relics of a bygone era – ancient figures of horses and riders in the museum of Nicosia, Cyprus

ruined temple at Aphrodisias, Turkey

temple of the sacred tooth relic, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Did you unearth any interesting relics this week?

Daily Post Photo Challenge


Comments on: "DP photo challenge: relic" (2)

  1. The horses win for me, they are awesome!

  2. So many different kinds of relics, great job for this week’s theme. Like Lucid Gypsy, I love the horse statues and the riders too who look like they are having a great time riding 😀 It must’ve taken a while for the artist to carve them.

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