A shrine (Latin: scrinium “case or chest for books or papers”; Old French: escrin “box or case”)[1] is a holy or sacred site dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero, martyr, saint, daemon, or similar figure of respect, wherein they are venerated or worshipped. Shrines often contain idols, relics, or other such objects associated with the figure being venerated.[2] A shrine at which votive offerings are made is called an altar.

You know how much I love votives!

From Middle English shryne , from Old English scrīn (“reliquary, ark of the covenant”), from Latin scrīnium (“case or chest for books or papers”). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to turn, bend”). Compare Old Norse skrín , Old High German skrīni (German Schrein ).


scrīnium n ( genitive scrīniī or scrīnī ); second declension

  1. case or chest for books or papers
  2. portfolio, briefcase

Ya’ll, we worship what we interact with, and what more godly thing is there than our collections of materials that hold our thoughts.

Notably missing from Shrine (disambiguation) - Wikipedia are, hmmm, digital culture shrines. Deep in the crucibles of the lowest geocities a subculture brought us venerable webrings of shrines in online pilgrimages to know the mysteries of one’s fandom. Anime, video games, even weirder stuff, all curated under the loving gaze of electronic devotees…

Yes, childe, I hold this testament: long ago, before the dreary toxic wastelands of listicles claiming their paltry sum of awe, before the flames of filth rose from the pyres of the interwebs, we had glorious shrines all across the frontier!