Listen to this article: Archaeologist John Garstang was digging in the West Bank of Jerusalem in the 1930s. What he found was an art form that had disappeared for several thousand years. An art form that remains one of the oldest known in all the Middle East: human skulls covered in plaster.
While travelling through the British countryside, you may see a path or two with an odd name. Corpse road, Funeral road, Coffin line, Procession way… all served the same purpose: transporting the dead.
There is a nearly endless list of traditions and superstitions regarding death. This hypothetical list details concerns regarding burial and what comes afterward. Ancient Egyptians believed that what you are buried with joins you in the afterlife, which is why Pharaohs are buried with so much stuff (and why tomb raiders are common). This week’s article […]
From the talking shrunken heads in Harry Potter to an explorer in the waiting room in Beetlejuice, shrunken heads have been seen in cultural references for decades. What is the true origin of this icon of tribal craft? In this post, I’ll be telling the true history of shrunken heads of the Amazon.
In the midst of Egypt, there is a cemetery unlike any other cemetery. Four miles long, with thousands upon thousands of tombs and mausoleums. It is the Cairo Necropolis.
Units of measure change often through the course of history. Biblical measurements of liquid came in Logs, Hins, and Baths. One Bath to every six Hin, one Hin to every 12 Logs (with a Bath being 5.75 gallons). In the US, it is common to use pints, quarts, and gallons, while the majority of the […]
Having your head removed is usually seen as a finality. But decapitation does not necessarily lead to instant death, and in some cases is not even the direct cause! Many people have heard of chickens running around without their heads (a famous example being Mike the Headless Chicken) and even Soviet experiments on dogs (which […]
Until 1991, Ernest Hemingway’s death was believed to be suicide due to slow psychological degradation. And it was very well documented that over a period of about 10 years (from the early 1950s to his death in 1961) his mind was slowly being lost in a flurry of unfortunate nonsense. But documents released in 1991 […]
When visiting the base of Mount Fuji, Japan, you will come across a forest called Aokigahara (青木ヶ原) or The Sea of Trees (樹海). Many aspects of this forest have created myths that it is in fact demon infested. Because of the lack of wildlife and the density of the trees, little sound, if any, can […]