Friday, April 22, 2016

Ma'nene Ritual - Corpse Cleaning Part III

The families in Toraja in South Sulawesi believe in welcoming the spirit of a dead person back to the village of his or her origin. During an annual ritual, they dig up the graves of their deceased loved ones, wash them, groom them and dress them in new clothes before walking them around in the village once every three years. The ritual is called Ma’nene or ‘The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses’ and is practiced to honour the spirits of their ancestors. The Toraja people, who live below the graves of their relatives, consider funerals the most important event of their lives

All photos credit: Herman Morrison
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tumblr Submissions Part III

A small supernumerary root and the corresponding socket in a raccoon mandible. Submitted by Peacheserratica

Fallen bird hatchlings at the gas station. Submitted by

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Nose-less kitten guarding a grave at Montjuïc Cemetery in Barcelona, Spain
Photo taken by meowpurrnom

A bear composting site discovered in Burlington, Connecticut. Submitted by

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Siamese corn, submitted by Baskovia

 This is an eastern box turtle hatchling that my granddad found. It seems to have a cleft palate, with a portion of his bottom and top beak missing, and only one nostril. He’s doing well and eating worms, tomatoes, and crickets all on his own. Photo submitted by:
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Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY. October 2015. Photo submitted by

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 Scoliosis submitted by

"Found this catfish on a beach in south Florida. It appears to have died because the barb on its fin got stuck in a coconut." Submitted by:

Infected nictitating membrane on my lovely cat, who has always been very small and underweight. She contracted feline leukemia from our now deceased cat, Ruby, and is more prone to disease or infections because of her sickness. (credit withheld by request)

After breaking into someone’s house and laughing maniacally, he ran outside and tried to remove a stop sign post. Severed his finger instead. Submitted by:

We found the swim bladder from a porcupine fish washed up on the beach in South Australia a few weeks ago. Photo credit:

"I work on a goat ranch. Each pasture has Maremma sheepdogs that guard the goats and kids from coyotes. They do a good job." Submitted by M And

I wanted to share this on Tumblr but I will get reported and cited for it, so I shared it here. "This was from when I got my first tattoo. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share it!" Submitted by:  

And one of my favorites!!! Submitted by:

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You can find Part I here and Part II here

Friday, April 1, 2016

Desomorphine aka Krokodil

The arm of a Krokodil addict. Where injected vessels have burst and surrounding tissue has died and fallen off the bone in chunks. Desomorphine or Krokodil is a home-cooked opiate-based drug that is reportedly up to ten-times stronger than heroin and many times cheaper.  With a high toxicity, the effects of the drug are both terrifying and fatal. The name Krokodil comes from the reaction users experience – skin will become greenish and scaly,  resembling that of a crocodile. Typical lifespan of these users is 2-3 years.

You can find Part I here and Part II here