The Mummified Ancestors of Papua New Guinea’s Anga Tribe

Mummified ancestors of Papua New Guinea's Anga tribe

For hundreds of years, the Anga tribe in the remote, mountainous region of Papua New Guinea’s Morobe province has been practicing the ritual preservation of their dead with fire and clay.

The first step in the mummification process, which the Anga call “smoked body,” is to cut open the body to drain the fluids, which is used to coat the hair and skin of relatives, as well as for cooking oil. The corpse’s orifices are then sewn shut, a process which helps preserve the internal organs and, in turn, prevent decomposition beginning in the stomach. The tongue, heels and palms are cut off for the surviving spouse. The clay-coated body is then smoke cured in a hut for over a month, slowly coaxing out bodily fluids to dry the remains and kill bacteria that causes decay.

The mummified remains of Anga's dead hang on a cliffside above the village

The bodies are displayed on a cliffside overlooking their people in the village of koke. The Anga believe if they can still see the face of the deceased, then their spirits are still with them. When the remains begin to deteriorate, family members will bring them back down to the village for restoration.

The Anga tribe restores their mummified dead

Though Christian missionaries have tried to change the Anga’s ways, the tradition lives on.

Mummified Anga remains in a shed in the village of Koke

Boy Finds Mummified Corpse Hanging in Abandoned House

Boy finds mummified corpse hanging in abandoned house in Dayton, Ohio

News is sweeping the internet about a twelve-year-old boy who discovered a mummified corpse hanging in the closet while he was exploring an abandoned house in Dayton, Ohio. Authorities say the corpse belonged to a suicide victim who went unnoticed for five years. The closet kept the body sheltered from sunlight, humidity and insects, allowing it to mummify naturally so an unsuspecting child would one day stumble upon it.

The boy’s mother told reporters she believes he may be scarred for life. However, for many of us cursed with a morbid sense of curiosity, this sounds like the best day ever.

Sharing the daily weird news with the Cult is my favorite part of every day, as the comments section tends to provide an endless source of entertainment. Some are sympathetic, some are completely appalled, some just think any unusual sounds like a great time. This comment, in response to some of the more negative posts, makes me proud:

Facebook comments on the mummified body found in abandoned Dayton home

Yes, we sure do like mummified corpses around here, don’t we? Thank you, Bob!

See the rest of the great comments right here.

Skull Collection Goes on Display

Randy Bandar's collection of 7,000 animal skulls fills his basement

Some of bone collector Randy Bandar’s 7,000 skulls, which he has been collecting for 60 years, are being exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences.

Full article here: A Bone Collector’s Basement of Animal Skulls Sees the Light

Capuchin Catacomb Mummies of Palermo, Italy

Mummies of the Capuchin catacombs in Palermo, Italy

Mummies in the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo, Italy.

The monks began mummifying their brothers in 1599, entombing them in the catacombs below with their clothes and religious items. Soon locals began requesting burial in the catacombs, as well. One of the last to buried there before it closed in 1920 was Rosalia Lombardo, the child whose body has remained remarkably intact due to a process only recently discovered.