Memento Mori: the beautiful ways we have kept the dead among the living


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You probably mean once a year here?

These ñatitas are kept in the privacy of their families homes most of the time, but once a day, they are paraded in La Paz for the Fiesta de las Ñatitas.

Those big collections of skulls really interest me, I should probably go and look at one of those IRL some day!


Right you are – thanks!


A spooky Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode from 1964 dealt with this kind of thing set up in a commercial way: “The Life Work of Juan Díaz”, with Pina Pellicer, Alejandro Rey and Frank Silvera.


I visited Cripta Capuccini in Rome in 2000. It was my favorite attraction in the city, second to the food, and far more so than the Colosseum. I strongly suggest visiting if you have the chance.


@doctorow Does it have any photos of Sokushinbutsu? Maybe in the mummy section?


Oh sure, it’s “beautiful” when the Church does it, but when I do it I’m a “monster” who should be “put to death.”



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