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From the Grave
Somewhere beneath the ruins of the Nibbia Chapel in Malta is an ossuary decorated in human...
Of the 1,500 people who lost their lives when the Titanic sank, only 333 bodies were...
In 1968, beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg and avant-rock group The Fugs gathered at the grave of...
In medieval times, the latin phrase Memento mori was used to describe the practice of reflecting on one's own mortality, a reminder that in the end...we all must die. But what are we doing here? Where did we come from, and what will become of us? The answers to humanity's most enduring mysteries are encoded in the earthly remains of our ancestors and entombed beneath our feet.
Cult of Weird explores the cryptic realm of the dead, from mummification and funerary practices in the ancient world to the lurid history of body snatchers, premature burials, and bone churches, and on into the modern movement toward green burial methods like Capsula Mundi and the Mushroom Death Suit. What secrets does the grave hold?
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