A "relic" is an object, especially a piece of the body or a personal item of someone of religious significance, carefully preserved with an air of veneration as a tangible memorial. Relics are an important aspect of Buddhism, some denominations of Christianity, Hinduism, shamanism, and many other personal belief systems.
The word "relic" comes from the Latin ''reliquiae'' ('remains'). A reliquary is a shrine that houses one or more relics.
thumb|right|300px|A view inside the shrine of Saint Boniface of Dokkum in the hermit-church of Warfhuizen. The bone fragment in the middle is from Saint Boniface himself, the little folded papers on the left and right contain bone fragments of Saint Benedict of Nursia and Bernard of Clairvaux.
One of the earliest sources cited to support the efficacy of relics is 2 Kings 13:20–21: