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
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),
“[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
Conradie Hospital lies between the suburbs of Thornton and Pinelands in Cape Town, South Africa. Decades ago, it was considered one of the top treatment centres for degenerative spinal diseases and injuries. It was closed in 2002 by the provincial government and sold to “the highest bidder.” Today, it remains
Early note, obviously not everyone will agree with my opinion that this album is the ‘greatest of all time’ in this genre. That is a very polarizing statement, I realize. Regardless, this album is amazing. Noise is an odd beast. Many people don’t even know it exists as a musical
In the 19th century, death was a big event. From post-mortem photography to memento mori jewelry to the year spent mourning the dead, they took that shit seriously. Coffins were a big deal too, so many companies sprung up to cater to the corpses in all manner of fancy ways.