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Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs


In the 16th century, catacombs were discovered under Rome that reportedly held the remains of many Christian saints.  The Catholic church sent them out to churches as holy relics where they were decorated in finery and placed in intricate display.  Heavenly Bodies documents many of these relics with luscious photography.


  • Hardcover
  • 7.1" x 9.8" x 0.9" in size
  • 190 Pages         


Portland's most colorful, authentic, and empowering publishing house and distributor, Microcosm Publishing & Distribution is a vertically integrated publishing house that equips readers to make positive changes in their lives and in the world around them. Microcosm emphasizes skill-building, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity through challenging conventional publishing wisdom with books and zines about DIY skills, food, bicycling, gender, self-care, and social justice. Microcosm was started by Joe Biel in his bedroom as a distro and record label in 1996 and is now among the oldest independent book publishing houses in Portland, OR. Microcosm focuses on relating the experiences of what it's like to be a marginalized person and strives to be recognized for spirit, creativity, and value. All books are printed in the U.S. on post-consumer papers, and the company doubles the industry average in number of women authors and prioritizes hiring of special needs employees. Microcosm constantly poses the question “How can we remove barriers to success for marginalized people in our industry?”