Archives for the month of: June, 2015

Wednesday 25th March 2015

I visited the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Sicily.
The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo

This unique historical catacombs contains more than 8000 mummies that are lying in repose or hung from hooks by their necks and feet on the wall.

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(National Geographic)

In 1599 Capuchin monks discovered 45 friars naturally and mysteriously mummified in their catacombs.
The Capuchins believed that this incredible preservation was an act of God. So instead of burying them, they decided to display the bodies in niches along the walls.

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The Capuchins slowly accepted more laypeople. Then, in 1783 they decided to accept burial to anyone requesting it.
Since then, thousands of people, especially wealthy citizens of Palermo, men, women, virgins, children, priests, monks and professors are buried in their best clothes.

It was amazing to see many of them were wearing beautiful clothes that weren’t quite decomposed. I was a bit concerned that some mummies’s necks seemed uncomfortably positioned.
It is intriguing that this way of burial attracted many people then.

Sunday 1st March 2015

After the visit to William Blake’s exhibition at Ashmolean Museum, I went to Pitt Rivers Museum.

When you visit there, in the first room, you will meet skeletons of dinosaurs and stuffed animals and birds.

Pitt Rivers Museum 01

Then the next room is this.
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There are many masks,
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carved figures
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and puppets from all over the world.
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This long armed guy has a likeable face.
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There are also peculiar shrunken heads and much more to see.

More photos are on here!