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Skulls of Hallstatt by velutinous Skulls of Hallstatt by velutinous
These were amazing.

The Story of Hallstatts Skulls

A strange custom developed in the 18th century whereby the skulls of the dead were placed in St. Michael's chapel, often decorated with wreaths of ivy or garlands of roses, black crosses, and the owners' names, professions, and death dates. One skull has a serpent winding itself through the previous owner's eye cavaties and this is said to represent the cause of his death. An assortment of these neatly stacked skulls can be seen in the chapel for a small admission charge.
This practice was officiallly stopped in the 1960s, about the time the Catholic Church began permitting cremation, although the 'youngest skull' is from 1983.
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TimonTh Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Was googling these skulls when I came across this image, I love the way the shapes accentuate the skulls shape and gothic lettering on them, very good picture!
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princessrat Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
amazing, just adore it
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D3v1L5h4nD Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Student Photographer
couldnt say "nice" but its a nice story. skulls are nice decorated. :)
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alienhunny Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
This is probably the Catholic tradition that lead to sugar skulls, you know? Really terrific photo...:blackrose:
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