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Okay, time for you armchair psychiatrists to let me know if I’m completely bonkers or simply….eccentric.
I have a fascination with death. No, I do not go out and kill animals or plants or people to watch them die. It’s not the moment of death
that fascinates me. It’s the state of being dead, both physical and metaphysical, that draws me in.
Let me try to explain this better. I hate slasher movies and gore flicks. I don’t even watch the typical war movie because of the extreme
violence. Heck, I would have walked out of Braveheart if it weren’t for the fact that Mel Gibson in a kilt was totally hot. And just yesterday I
was perusing this thread about the assassination of JFK and went to watch the still frame Zapruder film…and had to stop b/c it was simply too
horrific to watch.
So here’s what I enjoy doing, and it might seem strange to some (or many, for that matter). When we travel, especially to historical places, I
like to walk through the graveyards and cemeteries. This isn’t a search for ghosts or EVPs or anything like that. I just wander the place, reading
tombstones and thinking about the person’s life. I suppose it’s a way to examine my own mortality and attempt to reconcile the fact that someday
I will die. Maybe it’s a hope of immortality of a sort, seeing someone’s name on a marker three hundred years after they passed on.
In addition to wandering cemeteries, I enjoy reading and studying about death and deathly matters. No, not how someone died, but the way they were
buried. For example, I came across the following website while surfing the net one day:
The interesting thing about this website: it has pictures of people battling illness, before and after death, with their comments on what its like to
be dying. A very sad, yet extremely moving and thought-provoking site. It really made me think about my own life and how I was or wasn’t meeting
my life goals.
Another website I found during my internet hunts: website
This site shows the catacombs on the
island of Palermo in Italy. Apparently the mummies are displayed in various positions, and visitors may tour the catacombs. I would dearly love to
visit this place someday. One of the world’s most “famous” mummies rests at Palermo. Her name was Rosalia Lombardo, although she’s better
known as Sleeping Beauty. She died at the age of two in 1920 and was embalmbed using a secret formula of sorts….and her body is so remarkably
preserved that she lies in a glass coffin. You can see her picture here: Rosalio
Of course, almost everyone has heard of the plaster casts of Pompeii. But for you youngsters out there, these casts were made when the ancient
Roman city of Pompeii was discovered. The volcano Vesuvius erupted in 79 a.d., burying the city in a thick coat of ash. When the city was excavated,
the archeologists discovered the bodies of the dead had decayed inside the ash, which then turned stone-like. This created a “mold” of sorts for
the body. When plaster was poured into this mold, a haunting final glimpse of the individual emerged. You can even see the posture the person died
in...and in some cases, the expressions on their face. See this website for more information
Last year I visited a museum that was featuring “Bodies on Tour.”
The exhibits were once living people, dissected and plasticized (I
don’t really know how they did it) to show various organs and systems. For example, one person showed all the muscles in the body, one only
displayed the nervous system, etc. It was very surreal to see these bodies, to know that they had once been alive, but were now dead and on display
for countless to see. There was nothing disrespectful about the displays, and the people had agreed prior to death to be displayed, but it was a very
solemn exhibit. Also extremely educational, although children under the age of 12 were not allowed entrance.
So, does anyone else share this same quirkiness, or should I be seeking help immediately?
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