ossuarys

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The Capela dos Ossos Bone Chapel is an ossuary located in Faro, Portugal. The chapel is built entirely from the human bones of more than 1000 monks. As well as the walls being covered in human skeletons and skulls, there is a single complete skeleton covered in gold which hangs from the front of the chapel. An inscription above the entrance translates to:

“Stop here and consider, that you will reach this state too.”

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Tempting Tombs

Egypt’s Valley of Kings and Queens is arguably the most renowned ancient cemetery in the world, where Pharaohs were buried with their most prized worldly possessions, awaiting life and luxury in the afterlife. Yet there are plenty more incredible burial grounds you may never have heard of! Tana Toraja is one of Indonesia’s most alluring destinations and home to some of the most mesmerising cemeteries in the world. The Toraja peoples’ dearly departed are buried in rock-hewn caves and a wooden effigy is carved to stand proud and watch over the remains. The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic is arguably one of the strangest burial places in Europe, with all the decorations and furnishings of the interior of a seemingly unassuming Roman Catholic Church, made entirely of human bones…over 40,000 of them in fact.

The Rended Citadel of the Nymph

I’ve never visited
But still I know
You have arcane beaches
Of shell and bone,
Ground so fine
We barefoot pad
Across your shores,
Build you up in castles high,

But you’re already
In the sky
In mountain range, overlooking.
Your elocutionist stage
Conducts the wind -
Painted melodies
Gripping forts of the mind.

Your shiny sea,
Glitter-blue, yet more refined,
Turns midnight leaves
Golden white.

For never was there a place like you,
Grounded somehow in the sky,
Light-filled shadows,
A tundra
Of tropic life.

And maybe that’s why
Dark horizons trick my eyes
For when I’ve found sanctuary,
Exposed worn body to the storm,
Gale force boils,
Turbines the sea
Into chandeliered ossuary

The bones of me.

Burial. A Reference.

This is very western culture, and even then I couldn’t include everything. I didn’t want to make this post too long, so it’s just the basics. ‘Tis the season!

MAUSOLEUM: External, free-standing above ground monument enclosing an interment space a deceased person or people

- Monument without the interment = CENOTAPH

HYPOGEUM/HYPOGAEUM usually refers to an underground temple or tomb

- Catacombs and burial vaults are a type of hypogeum

CATACOMBS: Any human-made subterranean passageways used as a burial place

COLUMBARIUM: A place for the storage of urns containing cremated remains

- Columbariums be a type of mausoleum or hypogeum, depending whether it is above or below ground

OSSUARY/OSSUARIUM: First defined as a container for bones. Now describes a room in which bones are placed after being dug up from a temporary grave

- Thus synonymous with a CHARNEL HOUSE
- Ossuaries can sometimes be found in catacombs

BURIAL VAULT: Structural, underground tomb, originally vaulted and are often privately owned

- When placed beneath a church or in a churchyard it is a CRYPT

SEPULCHRE: The cavity beneath the altar slab for containing relics of martyrs or a recess in which the Eucharist was deposited and taken out at Easter in commemoration of the Resurrection

RELIQUARY: container for relics, as bones, or pieces of clothing, or object

LOCULUS/LOCULI: A compartment or niche that houses a body

CEMETERY: A large public ground for the dead

- Cemeteries are typically not one denomination and are not attached to a single place of worship

CHURCHYARD/GRAVEYARD: A patch of land adjoining or surrounding a church

i wondered what lorna’s bone collection was based on (since a lot of otgw backgrounds are directly referenced from photos/paintings), so i’m trying to look up references of ossuaries like these ones: 

so i glance back at lorna’s bones and

holy shit these are the most disorganized ossuary bones i have ever seen

you had one job lorna

one job

Amalgamate Me

Water-bogged on island rubble
You wear caution tape for lipstick 

I try to make us spring
As your shadows stab
The pulsing light
Of my silent noise

Your gale-force boils, turbines the sea
Into chandeliered ossuary 

And candelabras rococo
Of gnarled tongue and bone

And it’s so bright,
I put on my sunglasses and say,

“I am miserable. I am happy.”

But your winter is still
Hanging on

A collage of 8 different poems - links provided

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Located in Prague, Sedlec Ossuary is a Roman Catholic chapel decorated with human bones. Around 55,000 skeletons have been made into wall decorations, chandeliers and ornaments, and the weirdest thing? Nobody even knows why. It is known ,however, that these morbidly beautiful structures are the handiwork of a single wood-carver from the 19th century. The bones were originally exhumed by a half-blind monk who “went mad” in the 1500s. He piled the bodies into the chapel and then went missing. Many people believe he was a cannibal or possessed by the Devil.