>I'm intrigued by the knot "with trailing ends in a cross shape" -- would like to see examples. I can certainly imagine cross-shaped *knots* -- I know how to tie at least one -- but having the loose ends shaped into a cross with no structure to hold them puzzles me and I'm having trouble visualizing it.
There could be a stiffening wire inside it, or it could have been painted with a watered-down glue. Perhaps even starch??
>I believe -- though I'm speculating again -- that the metal "scapular medals" that take the place of a scapular are a modern innovation, probably popular at least partly because they don't require regular washing. Also, they don't itch ;)
I'm also speculating - what if the itch was part of the point? Thinking of the penitentes and such; a constant reminder of Christ's suffering?
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