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Tibetan Sky Burials

Posted in corruptive influence with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2014 by cemeterypiss

In the mountains of Tibet, where layers of rock and permafrost forbid digging graves, the dead are exposed on charnel grounds as alms for vultures. Corpses are regarded as empty vessels voided of fleeting lives and ever-migrating spirits.


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Cabaret du Néant and Cabaret d’Enfer

Posted in arcana with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2014 by cemeterypiss

Paris, France, late 1800’s

cabaret du neant

cabaret du neant front

cafe du neant inside

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cafe du neant skeleton

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cabaret l'enfer front

cabaret d'enfer inside

cabaret l'enfer

Children of the Pyre

Posted in arcana with tags , , , , on February 15, 2014 by cemeterypiss

“The swan will take wing, solo!
The world is a tableau of views
As the leaf, shorn from the tree
Is difficult to track
One knows not where it will fall
There is a gale at work
When this life is done
And the dictate runs its course
The messengers of Death, those of strong build
Will you have to negotiate
The swan will take wing, solo!
The world is a tableau of views

Towers of Silence

Posted in corruptive influence with tags , , , , , on February 15, 2014 by cemeterypiss





Zoroastrianism puts forth a concept of divinity in which there is one transcendent deity, Ahura Mazda, that exists as a sort of forethought to creation, somewhat like the Gnostic Pleroma. The name Ahura means being, and Mazda means mind, inferring a concept of an “immanent self-creating universe with consciousness as its special attribute (wikipedia),” a concept with echoes reaching from the structure of the Sephiroth to Brahminism to Spinoza’s Ethics. Creation emanates from the bounteous principle ascribed to Ahura Mazda, and is at odds with the destructive principle of chaos, embodied by the Ahriman and expressed in the principle of “druj.” In life, one has a duty to further the bounteous principle as a sort of medium for Ahura Mazda, and at death, one’s corpse becomes a vessel for druj. The body is invaded by a corpse demon, and becomes a pollutant to creation. So, Zoroastrians practice ritual exposure. Towers are built where the dead are laid to be consumed by vultures. Vultures remove most of the moldering matter within hours. After some time, when the bones are clean and bleached by the sun, they are moved to an ossuary in the center of the tower. This process prevents rotting cadaverous material from coming into contact with Mazda’s creation. These towers where ritual exposure is practiced are called “Towers of Silence.”

Death, 1530-1630, German

Posted in corruptive influence with tags , , , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by cemeterypiss

“This is an outstanding example of a ‘memento mori,’ or ‘reminder of death’: a gruesome skeleton clothed in tattered flesh holds a scroll bearing the Latin inscription, ‘I am what you will be.  I was what you are.  For every man this is so.’  That the artist has depicted the cadaver in a graceful pose that mimics that of Adam in Albrecht Durer’s famous engraving of Adam and Eve is probably intentional; it was due to Adam’s sin that humans were subject to death.  The carving was certainly made for a sophisticated collector-Archduke Ferdinand owned one that is not as good-and such a collector would recognize the source of the pose.

The complexity of the carving of this statuette demonstrates the qualities of boxwood.  The carver was able to hollow out the gut and peel away the skin without the form collapsing.

Boxwood; 61.97, acquired by Henry Walters.”

From the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

“Dance of Death,” Munster of Bern

Posted in corruptive influence with tags , , , , , , , on March 10, 2010 by cemeterypiss

Bern, Switzerland, 1441-1450.  Part of the “Dance of Death” stained glass window there.  Dance of Death imagery first became popular during the Black Plague of the 1340’s, and persisted through the 1500’s.  These images serve as a memento mori, a reminder that Death takes all.

Cosmos: The Lives of the Stars

Posted in arcana with tags , , , , , , , on January 7, 2010 by cemeterypiss

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