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200 Year Old Mummy “Still Alive”

Posted in oddities, undead with tags , on June 12, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I rarely post so many excerpts from an article, but this is just too great.

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Scientists in Mongolia are examining a 200-year mummified monk who some Buddhists believe is still alive because he is in a deep meditative trance.

Gankhüügiin Pürevbat, the founder of the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art at Ulan Bator Buddhist University, told the Siberian Times, a news website: “The lama is sitting in the lotus position vajra, the left hand is opened, and the right hand symbolises of the preaching Sutra.

“This is a sign that the lama is not dead, but is in a very deep meditation according to the ancient tradition of Buddhist lamas”. Some experts on Buddhism said the monk could be in “tukdam”, a kind of deep meditative state that crosses over between life and death.

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Dr Barry Kerzin, a monk and a physician to the Dalai Lama, told the website: “If the person is able to remain in this state for more than three weeks – which rarely happens – his body gradually shrinks, and in the end all that remains from the person is his hair, nails, and clothes.”

Local media said a 45-old-man had been arrested because the monk’s body had been stolen from a cave with the intention of selling it off. It was unclear in what circumstances it was originally found.

The mummified monk is generally thought to have died in the 19th century. His identity is unknown.

Return of the Hatbox Ghost!

Posted in death, decay, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , on May 25, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Long Forgotten, a one stop shop for the Internet’s most interesting and thorough Haunted Mansion history, recently announced the return of the beloved Hatbox Ghost.

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His glowing head moves from it’s rightful spot into the hatbox he carries.
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It would have been amazing if they used actual props to create the face, as opposed to computer graphics…but they did stay pretty faithful to the original character (isn’t this one of the best ghosts ever?).
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I’ve previously posted about Hatbox Ghost here and here.

See more info and bonus facts on Long Forgotten.

There Were Three Ghostesses

Posted in illustration, undead with tags , on April 26, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

And Everything Else Too posted a bizarre nursery rhyme that, if not the easiest to say, is most certainly memorable. I adore the accompanying illustration.

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Whew…say that one three times fast.

Halloween Countdown: Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

Posted in Books, halloween, undead, vintage with tags , , , on October 28, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Over the weekend I received the most amazing book as a gift. I think it’s safe to say to any readers of this blog…RUN, don’t walk, to procure this incredible edition.

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If you’re not familiar with diableries, have a look at the book description:

In France, around 1860, from the loins of a traditional national fascination with all things diabolical, was born a new sensation – a series of visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called ENFER – Hell – communicated to an eager audience by means of stereoscopic cards, to be viewed in the stereoscopes which had already become popular in the 1850s.

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This 3-D phenomenon, which fascinated a nation for 40 years, is now yours to share. This book, the fruit of half a lifetime’s study by three impassioned authors, brings every one of the published Diableries into the 21st century for the very first time. Some of them are so rare that at the time of writing there is no known complete collection of the originals of these masterpieces.

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The book comes with a viewer called The Owl (invented by Queen guitarist Brian May. Who knew?), and every time I glimpsed an image through it, I gasped. These dioramas, in remarkable 3D, are truly a sight to behold. There are endless details to drink in; incredibly entertaining and well crafted. There is also a great deal of interesting supplementary information to read.

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Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

Thank you, my dear GD, for bringing these wondrous displays into my life!

Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies

Posted in advertising, anatomy, art, craft, creatures, day of the dead, ephemera, halloween, horror, monsters, skulls and skeletons, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m in a rush today, and unfortunately do not have time to write the image commentary (which I so thoroughly enjoy) so feel free to chime in!
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Halloween Countdown: They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara!

Posted in film, halloween, undead with tags , , on October 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m keeping the vintage theme going today with an amazing series of screenshots put together by My Monster Memories.

I might make a lot of enemies by saying this, but I’m rather tired of zombies (I even stopped watching The Walking Dead!). However, the original Night of the Living Dead is a classic film. Barbara certainly has her melodramatic moments, and the following images display a single brief emotional meltdown (as she recounts how she and her brother were attacked by zombies).

I want to make a flip book out of these. Scrolling through, I’m enjoying this old favorite in a brand new way!
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Excellent job, My Monster Memories!

Halloween Countdown: Hilary Wallace

Posted in art, halloween, monsters, undead with tags , , , on October 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Hilary Wallace suggested her portfolio for my Halloween countdown, and I feel it fits.

This was done in colored pencil:
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I adore this vampire’s hands.
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Well, miss…your hair looks lovely.
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The perfect zombie mouth:
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