Smoke Cured Humans

smoked-corpsesFor centuries, the Anga tribe of Papua New Guinea’s Morobe Highlands have practiced a unique mummification technique – smoke curing. The process itself is carried out carefully and thoroughly by experienced embalmers. At first, the knees, elbows and feet of the corpse are slit, and the body fat is drained completely. Then, hollowed-out bamboo poles are jabbed into the dead person’s guts, and the drippings are collected. These drippings are smeared into the hair and skin of living relatives. Through this ritual, the strength of the deceased is believed to be transferred to the living. The leftover liquid is saved for later use as cooking oil.

 

The Retreat in York, England – for the care of the mentally ill.

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In 1796, William Tuke, a Quaker businessman and philanthropist  opened the Retreat in York, England, to house and care for the mentally ill. this was the first of its kind and prior to this, people with mental health issues were treated worse than the most heinous criminal—it was common for these poor souls to be locked-up in bedlams, imprisoned in cells or chained to walls in workhouses. As a Quaker Tuke’s religious beliefs revolved around the sanctity of life and of behaving kindly and morally to all humanity. These beliefs led him to build a hospital for the care of those suffering from mental health problems. Originally only open to fellow Quakers, but it soon opened its doors to all.

The Work of Joel Peter-Wilkin

Joel-Peter Witkin (born on September 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY)  is an American artist whose constructed photography refects a bizarre and darker side of everyday society. Reminiscent of the work of Henry Peach Robinson and Oscar Gustave Rejlander, Witkin incorporates imagery riddled with the unsettling aspects of literature, sexuality and religion. With a nod to Surrealism and early Daguerreotypes, his black-and-white tableaux collage together elements that convey morbidity: severed limbs, incisions, skeletons.  Click Here For more Photos.2320184937_5ea79bc596