Archive for the Death Category

Ape Woman Buried

Posted in Death, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by elgrayso

This website doesn’t often feature recent news, but there was an interesting story that came out just over a week ago that I thought I would share.
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Mexican ‘ape woman’ buried 150 years after her death

An indigenous Mexican woman once described as the “ugliest woman in the world” has been buried more than 150 years after her death and a tragic life spent exhibited as a freak of nature at circuses around the world.

She sang and danced for paying audiences, becoming a sensation who also toured Europeand Russia. She and Lent married and had a son, but she developed a fever related to complications from childbirth, and died along with her baby in 1860 in Moscow. Her remains ended up at the University of Oslo in Norway.

Mexican ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui, who is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, formally received Pastrana’s coffin at a ceremony on 7 February at Oslo University Hospital before the coffin was flown to Mexico.

“Today, it’s almost incomprehensible that a circus used corpses for entertainment purposes. Hers was used in a way we today would consider to be completely reprehensible,” he said. “It’s important that we now have a clear end to the way she was treated.” [read more from The Guardian]

Antikamnia Calendar (1899-1900)

Posted in Death, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2013 by elgrayso

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The Antikamnia (Opposed to Pain) Chemical Company of St. Louis, Missouri produced several calendars (1897-1901) illiustrated with Skeleton Sketches–chromolithographed series based on watercolors by the local physician-artist Louis Crucius. The limited edition calendars were mailed to physicians who provided business cards or letterhead correspondence as evidence of their medical standing. Antikamnia was a proprietary product consisting of acetanalid (antifebrin) combined with sodium bicarbonate, citric acid and caffeine. [from UCLA Library]

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Jose Posada

Posted in Art, Death with tags , , , , , , on November 2, 2012 by elgrayso

Happy Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)!


Walter Potter’s Taxidermy

Posted in Animals, Death with tags , , , , , , on July 23, 2012 by elgrayso

Walter Potter was an English taxidermist noted for his anthropomorphic dioramas featuring mounted animals mimicking human life, which he displayed at his museum in Bramber, Sussex, England. The exhibition was a well-known and popular example of “Victorian whimsy” for many years, even after Potter’s death; however enthusiasm for such entertainments waned in the twentieth century, and his collection was finally dispersed in 2003. [from Wikipedia]

 

Shrunken Heads of the Amazon

Posted in Death with tags , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2012 by elgrayso

A shrunken head is a severed and specially prepared human head that is used for trophy, ritual, or trade purposes.Headhunting occurred in many regions of the world. But the practice of headshrinking has only ever been recorded in the northwestern region of the Amazon rain forest. [from Wikipedia]

I had always thought that shrunken heads were fake until I visited the world’s largest collection at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Manhattan. I later found out of a book called Head Hunters of the Amazon: My Adventures In The Jungle 1894-1901 which is now on my future reading list.

Death Masks

Posted in Death with tags , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2012 by elgrayso

In Western cultures, a death mask is a wax or plaster cast made of a person’s face following death. Death masks may be mementos of the dead, or be used for creation of portraits. [from Wikipedia]

Martin Luther

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

William Shakespeare

Abraham Lincoln

Resusci Anne*

*Resusci Anne, also known as Rescue Anne or CPR Annie, is a training mannequin used for teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to both emergency workers and members of the general public. The distinctive face of Resusci Anne was based on L’Inconnue de la Seine, the death mask of an unidentified young woman reputedly drowned in the Seine River around the late 1880s. [from itthing.com]

For more famous death masks check out this post at itthing.com

Aokigahara: Suicide Forest

Posted in Death, Video with tags , , , , , , on February 15, 2012 by elgrayso

Aokigahara is a forest that lies at the north west base of Mount Fuji in Japan. It is the second most popular suicide destination in the world (San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge being the first) and over 100 bodies are discovered in the forest each year. VICE made an incredibly interesting short documentary on the forest which follows a park worker on suicide patrol. The documentary is only 20 minutes long and is well produced and fascinating. I couldn’t get the the video to embed, but I highly recommend clicking the link and watching it:

Watch “Aokigahara: Suicide Forest” on VICE.com

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