Dead people on display


13 Responses to “Dead people on display”

  1. Anonymous says:

    apparently Anon @ #4 hasn’t spent much time in Europe — there are plenty of mummified saints all across the continent. There are a couple in the main church in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, too — doubly amazing, given the heat and humidity that they’re subjected to.

    They don’t look like they’re going to get up and dance any time soon, but it’s pretty mindblowing how good the condition of a four- or five-hundred-year-old body can be.

    it’s also kinda mindblowing how much care has been taken to dress them and lay them on finely-embroidered cloths. Pillows, too!

  2. Kleinzeit says:

    For pity’s sake, can someone please turn off bold (in an HTML sense, that is)?

  3. Brainspore says:

    For the record, are we talking about the philosopher Jeremy Bentham or the alias that John Locke used in season 5 of “Lost?” Because the power of the island is clearly the reason why the latter’s corpse didn’t rot.

  4. Ugly Canuck says:

    Don’t forget those on-display waxed commie corpses, Mao and Lenin:

    I see from the link that Messrs. Ho Chi Minh , Joe Stalin and Kim Il-Jung also make this list.

    I tells ya, this waxed commie corpse stuff is a close cousin to this , well, particular ‘type’ of religious practice.

    Relics, but in another context, eh?

  5. RynTheTyn says:

    I’ve seen Ho Chi Minh. He seems to actually be real and not wax, though it’s not like you get time to linger in front of his casket, so it’s hard to be certain. Thing is, they broke his will by embalming him like that, he wanted to be cremated and have his ashes scattered across the hills of Vietnam.

  6. Anonymous says:

    we have one like this in Goa in India..

    thought this was a very specific to that Church in Goa. Apparently not!


  7. Ugly Canuck says:

    Sorry about the ambiguity above – I meant that the corpse is sealed in wax, not that the displayed corpse is fake, or unreal.

  8. RynTheTyn says:

    Well, the speculation is that Mao and Lenin are just wax now–that somewhere along the line, they got switched out with fakes.

  9. Anonymous says:

    St. John of San Francisco in California. Don’t forget the greatest American Saint! On display with no wax or castings or masks.

  10. RexallWodehouse says:

    These are fascinating to stumble on — visiting some little church in some little town, and finding one of these. I’ve found quite a few in my travels.

    Thanks, by the way, for the recent wave of very cool things that exist in our world — the whistling island, the stick insects, the ostrich people — stuff I’ve never heard of before, but am so keen to read more about.

    You’ve excelled at wonderful things of late.

  11. phisrow says:

    I’ve got to say. The papists p0wn the goths at sheer morbid.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Hardly incorruptible. Check out the skeptoid podcast on this topic.

    Like the picture on this page, the bodies are hardly ever on display. Instead, a wax or silicon mask or casting is used. There is no such thing as an incorruptible.

  13. Lester says:

    Come to Philly. St. John Neumann is on display in his waxy goodness at St. Peter’s on N. 5th street.

    Of course there’s always the Mutter.

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