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Deaf People in the Middle Ages

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Sarah Giorgis-Pratt

on 22 February 2016

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Deaf People in the Middle Ages
AD 400 - 1400
During the Middle Ages, humans faced difficulties such as poverty, famine, and disease.

As a result there were not a lot of advances in the arts and sciences.
The Middle (Dark) Ages
Deaf adults were objects of ridicule and even served as court jesters.

"Others were committed to asylums because of their lack of speech was thought to be a result of demonic possession."
A Life Not Lived
To Hear the Word of God
Physicians in those days considered deafness a malady and a physical condition that should be eliminated to allow a healthy life.

Deaf people endured numerous experiments in the search for a cure for deafness, such as:
Search for a Cure
Mrs. Giorgis-Pratt
Corner Canyon High School
Beginning American Sign Language
The blowing of a trumpet in the ears, or pouring liquids(oil, honey, vinegar, garlic juices, eel fat, blood...) into the ear.
Using MLA Formatting
Otto, Beatrice K. "A Cavalcade of Cavorting Fools." Fools Are Everywhere: The Court Jester around the World. Chicago: U of Chicago, 2001. 1 - 6. Print.

Nomeland, Melvia M., and Ronald E. Nomeland. "Deaf People in the Middle Ages." The Deaf Community in America: History in the Making. Jefferson: McFarland, 2012. 9 - 10. Print.

Baynton, Douglas C., and Jack R. Gannon. Through Deaf Eyes: A Photographic History of an American Community. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet UP, 2007. Print.

Moore, Matthew S., and Linda Levitan. For Hearing People Only: Answers to Some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions about the Deaf Community, Its Culture, and the "Deaf Reality" : Student's Workbook, Version 1.0. Rochester, N.Y.: Deaf Life, 2008. Print.
"During the late Middle Ages, the Christian church viewed deaf people as heathens and barred them because they were unable to hear the word of God."

"Deaf people in the church's eyes, lacked faith and could not be saved."
"In order to survive, deaf people during that period had to depend on their parents' wealth, working on important positions and on their educational status (especially boys). Otherwise they were rejected, neglected, or abandoned."
Writing Prompt:
On Canvas answer one of the following discussion board questions...

Reply to at least two other students that DID NOT answer the same essay question that you did.

Show off what you have learned and understand.
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