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By Matthew Schulz via spiegel.de Was the cradle of civilization also the birthplace of atrocity? Historians have been researching the most extreme forms of torture in the ancient world. Among other things, they have found that, back then, “sitting in the tub” was actually a pretty nasty way to kick

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BizarreHistory

Writing around the year 1200, the Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus recounts a vicious execution, taking place several centuries before his own lifetime in the age of the Vikings: “they ordered [Ella’s] back to be carved with the figure of an eagle, exultant because at his overthrow they were imprinting the

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HistoryPainting

The tarot today is considered a tool for divination or of the devil, but the first known tarot decks were the playthings of the Italian nobility. The oldest surviving tarot are the Visconti Trionfi cards, commissioned in the 15th century by the Duke of Milan, Filippo Maria Visconti, for regular

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HistoryIllustration

One of the things that is a window into the past is imagination, and medieval imaginations were vivid. Despite living in an age of Church oppression, people found ways of bringing their fears and superstitions to life. Medieval cartographers treated their craft like an art, and added fanciful decoration to

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BizarreHistoryPhotography

If you’ve been following CVLT Nation for a while, then you know we are unabashed taphophiles. There’s nothing we like more than music, art and film that has to do with death, especially historical practices around death. One of our favorite is Victorian post-mortem photography (Part I & Part II),

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History

“[How] strangely they have decreased by the Hand of God… and it hath generally been observed that where the English come to settle, a Divine Hand makes way for them.” – Daniel Denton, early American colonist The popular Pilgrim myth involves a persecuted group of Christian reformers who fled England

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