Shannon Taggart fotografiert Geister, Medien, Seancen, Hypno-Kram, Geisterjäger und Voodoo, der ganze Quatsch aus dem Venn-Diagram of Irrational Nonsense neulich. Für’s Midnight Archive erklärt sie ihre Einflüsse, der Geister-Fotografie aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.
Photographer Shannon Taggart explores the Victorian born art of ‘Spirit Photography’, a practive in which, the spirit of a loved one or guide would appear in one’s photograph. Shannon takes a heartfelt and uncontroversial look at a topic that had been plagued with scandal.
In China haben sie ein paar Grabräuber verknackt, weil sie Leichen als Geisterbräute verkauft haben.
Four people have been jailed in China for digging up corpses to sell as brides for traditional “ghost marriages” – where dead single men are buried with a wife for the afterlife – local reports said. Marriage is an important part of Chinese society and, while the practice is increasingly rare, it is still kept up by some families whose young adult sons pass away before having a chance to wed.
Normally it is agreed between the families of the dead, but the Xian Evening News said the group “stole female corpses and after cleaning them, fabricated medical files for the deceased and sold them for a high price”.
Tolles Interview mit Paul Koudounaris über sizilianische Sex-Geister und Mumien mit großen Penissen. Yep. Über Koudounaris und dessen Buch „Empire of Death“ hatte ich hier schon ein paar mal gebloggt: The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Charnel Houses und The Midnight Archive Ep.6: The Empire of Death.
One of the more outlandish stories is about a guy who got to be called “pene grande,” which means “big dick.” He was a mummy famed in life for having a big penis. People would go down to the Palermo Catacombs and treat him as the patron saint of big cocks. Finally a newlywed woman came to see him because she was married to a guy who was not well-endowed. She took a cloth and rubbed it on the mummy’s dick, and then rubbed it on her husband’s dick. The next time she had sex with her husband, his penis seemed larger and fuller and she was about to orgasm except that at that moment she looked up and saw it was actually the ghost on top of her. Everyone thought she was crazy, but then it happened again the next time she had sex. They had to set up an exorcism for this ghost.
How does one expel a penis ghost?
They had a blacksmith make a tight-fitting sheath made of metal, and once the husband got erect the ghost came out and got caught in the codpiece. They threw holy water at him.
That expelled the ghost from the guy’s body. So forever he had a small penis, but he was free of the ghost. As for the ghost, he gained a great following among older ladies, and eventually so many were coming to see him that they had to lock the mummy in a back room, which is where he remains to this day.
In Saudi Arabien haben ein paar hundert Teenage Ghostbusters nach Gerüchten auf Twitter ein verlassenes Krankenhaus gestürmt, von dem es hiess, es sei von Dschinns besessen.
The macabre fascination with Riyadh’s Irqa Hospital, which treated Gulf War combatants in 1991, began with tweeted rumors and escalated to the point where hundreds of youths broke into the grounds, smashing windows and starting fires. “Teenagers sent text messages calling for an operation against some of the jinn who live in the hospital, and they broke into the hospital and smashed its facilities and burned 60 percent of it,” Okaz newspaper reported last week. [...]
A columnist in the English-language Saudi Gazette daily on Tuesday recommended that authorities form “a committee for the jinn” to help the owners of possessed houses. “It would be no understatement to say we are sick and tired of evil sorcerers,” said the article.
Ronni Thomas schreibt mir: “See the fascinating Mitch Horowitz (See Occult NYC Parts 1 and 2) and the incredible history of The Ouija Board. Learn about its early roots as a sort of ‘telegraph’ to the other side – to its evolution into the board game to outsell Monopoly. Get a haunting glimpse into some of the celbrities who used the board and learn about its ominous warning to poet Syliva Plath. Its more than just a toy and a Morrissey song.”
Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Swiss Typo Ouija-Board by Olly Moss
Morrissey Ouija Board
The Midnight Archive about Les Diableries: Vintage Stereoscopic Pics from Hell
The Midnight Archive: Dreams And Nightmares in Wax
The Midnight Archive: Webisodes about the strange Things
The Midnight Archive: Modern Day Mummys
Occult NYC Walking Tour
The Midnight Archive Ep.3: Making Men out of Mice – Anthropomorphic Taxidermy
The Midnight Archive Ep.4: The Automata
The Midnight Archive Ep.6: The Empire of Death
The Midnight Archive Episode 8: The Grand Guignol
Die Meldung ist schon ein paar Wochen alt, gehört hier aber zwingend rein: In Hongkong sind Wohnungen mittlerweile so teuer, dass sich Immobilieninvestoren auf „Haunted Houses“ spezialisieren, die mit Preisnachlässen von bis zu 40% den Besitzer wechseln und deren Mieten sich auch Normalverdiener dort leisten können:
Discounts of between 20-40 percent are the standard for haunted houses with a knock-on for the rental yield, says Eric Wong of the squarefoot.com.hk property website, which has a channel dedicated to the phenomenon. “Hong Kong people are sensitive to ghosts and bad luck,” he says. “They believe in feng shui — if something bad has happened in a home people won’t take it… but Hong Kong is small and very expensive, so if a good discount comes there are others ready to make the investment.” And for the savvy buyer there are plenty to choose from.
Among the hundreds of macabre listings on the squarefoot.com.hk website is the home of a local football player who, crushed by the weight of debt and relationship problems, jumped from his 36th floor flat. Then there is the divorcee whose body was discovered a month after she poisoned herself with the fumes of burning charcoal, or the woman hacked to death and mutilated by her domestic helper in an exclusive apartment block. Such morbid tales are a boon to investors who would not live in a haunted house themselves, but will gladly put it up for rent.
“There’s a group of investors who bid for these places specifically and then rent it to people who don’t mind its bad history,” Wong adds. More often than not those are foreign expatriates — widely known in local slang as gweilos — who are not overly concerned about the history of their apartment. “Gweilos don’t have the same beliefs as Hong Kong people and just want a cheaper price in a nice area,” says Winnie Ng of Rich Harvest property agency.
Die Gallery1988 hat die Artworks zu ihrer Ghost-Show online gestellt. Die sind insgesamt so halbnett, aber nicht der Rede wert… bis auf Olly Moss’ Ouija-Board in Helvetica. Großartige Idee! Er hat da auch noch ein Pacman-Ouija-Board und Casper bei den Ghostbusters, aber das Helvetze-Ouijaboard schlägt alles. (via Dangerous Minds)
Ronni vom Midnight Archive schreibt mir: „We are excited to announce the second episode of The Midnight Archive series – now available at www.themidnightarchive.com – this week Mitch Horowitz who give the Brooklyn Observatory’s Occult NYC Walking tour shows us some of the finer points of living in this fine city.“
The master or all things intriguing, Mitch Horowitz, takes us on a virtual tour of a city not very often associated with the Occult historically: my home town, New York City. Mitch is among many other fantastic things, the author of Occult America. In this tour we learn about our old time New York pals talking to spirits, channeling the dead and getting in touch with our ascended masters.
Ein jüdisches Gericht hat einen Hund zum Tode durch Steinigung verurteilt, weil sie befürcheten, er sei eine Reinkarnation eines toten Anwalts, der vor 20 Jahren das Gericht beleidigte. What?
Several weeks ago, a large dog entered the Monetary Affairs Court near the ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Mea Shearim.
The dog scared the court’s visitors and, to their surprise, refused to leave even after they attempted to drive him away. One of the judges suddenly recalled that about 20 years ago, a famous secular lawyer who insulted the court was cursed by the panel of judges, who wished that his spirit would move on to the body of a dog (considered an impure animal by Halacha). The lawyer passed away several years ago.
Still offended, one of the judges sentenced the poor animal to death by stoning, recruiting the neighbourhood’s children to carry out the order. Luckily, the dog managed to escape.
[update] Von Judeopundit:
I should make it clear that there are no stoning sentences in our times in Jewish law. In ancient times an animal could be sentenced to stoning for killing a person and in certain other cases, but there is currently no such thing. Also, the BBC article states “Dogs are often considered impure animals in traditional Judaism” and some of the other articles say something similar. What does it mean? If you refer to a dog as a “beheima tameiah”–an “impure animal”–you are basically stating that dog meat is not kosher. So the claim of an actual stoning “sentence” was highly suspect to begin with and it is being spread by journalists who are, at best, only vaguely aware talking about.
Okay, das hier ist supercreepy, auf so ‘ne Art. Erinnert Ihr Euch noch an das iPad-Holograph-Lightwriting? Mit genau derselben Technik und der animierten Sequenz der (wörtlich!) Scheiben eines hingerichteten Killers haben Künstler für ihr Project 12:31 moderne Ectoplasma-Fotos produziert. Snip von Wired:
An executed murderer whose body was famously sectioned for the Visible Human Project has been resurrected in ghostlike form in a new series of layered photographs.
Project 12:31 reassembles the corpse of Texas killer Joseph Paul Jernigan, who was put to death by lethal injection in 1993. Jernigan’s body was documented using computed tomography and magnetic resonance imagery after his execution, then sliced into 1,871 axial cross-sections, each about 1 millimeter in thickness. The images from the National Library of Medicine’s Visible Human Project were then distributed via discs and eventually, the internet. […]
To produce Project 12:31’s spooky images, a video of a longitudinal descent down Jernigan’s body was played on a laptop screen. Moving the computer in practiced patterns in front of an open camera shutter, photographer Frank Schott captured the ghoulish-looking smears in a studio. After about 150 takes, he and Gagnon settled on seven patterns to overlay on dark, barren scenes from around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gizmag hat ein lustiges Posting über die Geräte von echten Geisterjägern. Ich suche übrigens schon lange eine anständige Galerie mit Vintage Ektoplasma-Fotografie… ihr wisst schon: Diese ollen Fotos, auf denen den Leuten weiße Bettlaken aus dem Mund hängen. Falls jemand sowas hat: Her damit. Jedenfalls… The Gadgets of Real Life-Ghostbusters:
Given that ghosts are frequently thought of as non-physical beings that can only be seen by people like Jennifer Love Hewitt or Haley Joel Osment, one might wonder how regular human technology could possibly register their presence. We’re told that it all comes down to what people are made of.
“We’re built out of energy – atoms and molecules,” says Rona Anderson, co-partner in the nonprofit Paranormal Explorers ghost-hunting group, which operates out of Edmonton, Canada. “I just think it’s an internal piece of us that stays when our bodies deteriorate.”
“When somebody dies, do they go into another dimension, with a very thin wall?” asks her partner, Ben Myckan. “I think that’s sort of what it is. You can’t destroy energy, it’s just in a different dimension.”
So apparently, it’s not so much about looking for lost souls as it is looking for unexplained energy, or evidence of its manipulation.
Ghosts! LSD! This is so me!
Sehr schönes Shirt von Threadless, auf dem viktorianische Geisterjäger Blinky aus Pac Man heraufbeschwören: „You know how it is – one minute you’re chasing a pizza shaped yellow thing around a maze for no reason at all, and the next you’ve been summoned by a bunch of Victorian chaps and chapesses as the sit around a table chanting like morons.“ (via Gearfuse)
Irgendwie habe ich dieses Video Ende letzen Jahres verpasst, in dem Dr. Bunsen Honeydew und Beaker auf Geisterjagd gehen. Wäre hiermit nachgetragen.
Etsy-User Maasproductions verkauft dieses Ouija Board mit händisch aufgesiebdrucktem Moz: „Take this Morrissey Ouija Board down to the cemetery gates and channel the ghosts of dead poets to receive answers to life’s perplexing questions.“
A dreaded sunny day
So I meet you at the cemetery gates
Keats and Yeats are on your side
While Wilde is on mine
So we go inside and we gravely read the stones
All those people all those lives
Where are they now?
With the loves and hates
And passions just like mine
They were born
And then they lived and then they died
Seems so unfair
And I want to cry