Crapnomicon

My collection of curious oddities of interest.

hedendom:

Galdrakver (‘Little Book Of Magic’)

The ‘Little Book Of Magic’ is a seventeenth-century Icelandic manuscript, written on animal skin and containing magical staves, sigils, prayers, charms and related texts.

It is known to have once been owned by Icelandic Bishop Hannes Finnson who was alive from 1739 until 1796 and known for having a vast library containing many volumes of magic related texts and manuscripts.

Full manuscript here.

(via sweatandink)

sixpenceee:

If you are into the bizarre and museums like me, than one place you NEED to visit is the Mutter Museum in Pennsylvania. 

It’s a medical museum filled with oddities.  Some things it has are

  • the body of the soap lady (1st picture). she’s called the soap lady because her body turned into a soap-like substance called adipocere
  • a wax model of a woman with a horn growing out of her forehead 
  • the tallest skeleton on display in North America
  • numerous preserved organs and body parts

sixpenceee:

FIRE MUMMIES OF THE PHILIPPINES

What makes the Fire Mummies unique is their process of mummification.

That mummification began shortly after a person died, where he would digest a very salty drink. After his death, his corpse was washed and set over a fire, thus drying the fluids. Smoke from tobacco was blown into the mouth to dry the body’s inside and internal organs. Eventually, herbs were rubbed into the body.

The practice of that mummification ended, since Spaniards colonized the Philippines the 1500s.

MORE INFORMATION

ANOTHER POST ON MUMMIES

sixpenceee:

The Art of Juan Cabana 

This post was recommended to me by a follower of mine!

All of it really is intriguing

In 2001, he came across a tiny, Japanese mermaid constructed from wood and paper — reminiscent of the Fiji mermaids, created thousands of years ago in Japan and China.

He was inspired by that to make his new creations. 

He enjoys the art but he strongly believes that mermaids could have been real at one time. 

He won’t reveal his techniques, explaining only that he typically starts with a human skeleton replica or animal and fish bones, and molds the mermaid with whatever parts and skins he gets from the market.

Occasionally he’ll use baboon skin and parts, as they come with small humanlike hands and miniature skulls. A vendor in Africa sells him the parts, he says.

You can visit his official site here

He has sold some of pieces for $10,000