Undertoad Saturday Nov 11 11:34 AM
November 11, 2006: Bolivian Day of Skulls
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Nov 11 11:49 AM
Much of South America and Asia do the ancestor worship thing, but the Asians seen to concentrate on the spirits more than the remains.
TheCaretaker Saturday Nov 11 04:41 PM
Yuck. I wouldn't want my kids to see me like that. I'd want 'em to be able to afford a decent taxidermist. They could make me into a coffee table. Or stand me up and put a clock in my chest - voila - a 'grandfather clock'. Or I could, Atlas-like, hold up the TV. Or with enough urethane, I could be a boat-bumper at the dock. Or crook my arms and legs, mount my back to the garage ceiling, and use me as a bike rack. Or....
Trilby Saturday Nov 11 04:56 PM
I saw the coolest show on the Travel Channel (or, coulda been Disc., i dunno) about the world's creepiest remains! Kewl! Elephant man remains, a guy who told his doc he only poop'd once a month (they, um, poo-poo'd him) and after he died they did an autopsy and found his lg. colon weighed 50 pounds! It was freaking ENORMOUS! Plus, all the skeletons beneath the streets of Paris (people made decorations out of the skulls and bones-quite nice, actually) the Hand Of Glory (right hand of a hanged criminal) that was supposed to act like "Thing" in the Addamms Family, but, sadly, did not...and all sorts of grave-robbing stuff.
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Nov 11 08:18 PM
SPUCK Saturday Nov 11 10:13 PM
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Nov 12 11:30 AM
We can't afford the barf bags.
ashke Sunday Nov 12 12:54 PM
Well, my grandfather was buried in the family grave. After a few years, they dug up his remains (skeleton) and put it in a large jar which went into this room in the family grave. I had a look at my grandfather when they installed him there. It was quite interesting and no we didn't decorate him like the Bolivians do.
CaliforniaMama Sunday Nov 12 02:20 PM
Chapel of Bones - Evora
I can't find where I originally read about this chapel, but it is in Portugal, and if I remember correctly, they had to dig up a cemetery and felt the best way to continue to honor the dead (and properly dispose of their bones) was to build this chapel . . .
CaliforniaMama Sunday Nov 12 02:21 PM
One more . . .
CaliforniaMama Sunday Nov 12 02:22 PM
And from Austria . . .
CaliforniaMama Sunday Nov 12 02:23 PM
And then there is the Muertorider!
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Nov 12 10:18 PM
Sundae Monday Nov 13 12:59 PM
I've been to the Capuchin Crypt in Rome