Sunday Services — Laughter: Mediaeval Medicine for the Body and Soul

Event details

  • September 25, 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • 10341 Water Street Highway 42 Ephraim, WI 54211

UUFDCThe Decameron is Giovanni Boccaccio’s magnum opus.  It consists of 100 stories told by ten young women (7) and men (3) who have fled the horrors of the plague (Black Death) to seek fresh air and conviviality in the hills above Florence in 1348.  They dine well, sleep soundly, sing, dance, enjoy nature, and construct their own private society that privileges storytelling.  Their tales, which are usually raunchy, emphasize intelligence or cleverness, Fortune (note the capital F), desire, and magnanimity, and verbal wit abounds amongst both landed gentry and peasants.  But their levity and laughter are actually medicinal according to both secular and religious mediaeval medical theory and practice. Maybe we can learn something from them.

Dan Taylor (LU ’63) is his alma mater’s Jones Professor Emeritus of Classics and Linguistics.  Thanks to his research and teaching, the Taylors have lived in Italy for 3 1/2 years.  He has taught 26 Bjorklunden Seminars and has led four Bjorklunden trips to Italy and Greece.  Now retired, he and Donna live in Colorado.

Music: Gerri Friedberg
Service Leader: Jim Black