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Italy’s most ghoulish site, this crypt houses thousands of corpses, fully dressed and hung from hooks. The practice began in 1599 when local priests mummified a holy monk and allowed visitors. Soon regular residents of Palermo wanted to be remembered in this fashion. Bodies are arranged by gender and profession; their facial expressions often eerily visible.

Italy’s most ghoulish site, this crypt houses thousands of corpses, fully dressed and hung from hooks. The practice began in 1599 when local priests mummified a holy monk and allowed visitors. Soon regular residents of Palermo wanted to be remembered in this fashion. Bodies are arranged by gender and profession; their facial expressions often eerily visible.

Death & Gravestone Symbolism. Death is life's ending. Because everyone who is born eventually dies, it is the center of many traditions and organizations. Customs relating to death are a feature of every culture around the world. Part of those customs are symbols, which signify or try to make sense of the phenomena

Death & Gravestone Symbolism. Death is life's ending. Because everyone who is born eventually dies, it is the center of many traditions and organizations. Customs relating to death are a feature of every culture around the world. Part of those customs are symbols, which signify or try to make sense of the phenomena

The Merry Cemetery in Săpânţa, Maramureş county, Romania - I so want to go there some day!

The Merry Cemetery in Săpânţa, Maramureş county, Romania - I so want to go there some day!

Statuary -colour manipulated- by Thomas Lieser | onkel_wart, in Vienna, Austria. Colour altered version via: http://followthewestwind.tumblr.com/post/61521967716 [Please keep photo credit and original links if reusing or repinning. Thanks!]

Statuary -colour manipulated- by Thomas Lieser | onkel_wart, in Vienna, Austria. Colour altered version via: http://followthewestwind.tumblr.com/post/61521967716 [Please keep photo credit and original links if reusing or repinning. Thanks!]

The remains of a female ‘vampire’ from 16th-century Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims.

The remains of a female ‘vampire’ from 16th-century Venice, buried with a brick in her mouth to prevent her feasting on plague victims.

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