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This is Therese Neumann. She was a german catholic nun and allegedly a stigmatic. In 1918, she reportedly first got paralyzed and then lost her eyesight due to household accidents. This caused her to become bedridden for prolonged periods of time, where she developed gruesome bedsores, sometimes exposing her bones, obviously leading to great psychological distress and exhausting pain. 

During this hard-hitting ordeal, Therese reported that her eyesight was restored in 1923, and later even her paralysis and her bed sores were healed. She ascribed these phenomena to her Lord and his saints. 

Later she developed stigmata. She found herself subject of re-occuring divine revelations and visions. She was reported by a variety of people to have uttered phrases in ancient Aramaic - the language of Christ. She apparently even understood the biblical tongues of Hebrew, Greek and Latin; she claimed to have consumed no other food than the Holy Eucharist from the year 1922 until her death in 1962. She also claimed to have drunk not a single drop of water from 1926 until her death. 

Some skeptics have pointed out behaviorial tendencies pointing to insanity of some sort, and that she may have used her menstrual blood in order to fake her stigmatic wounds. 

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This is Akodessewa fetish market, in Lomé, Togo, western Africa. It supplies vodun (“voodoo”) paraphernalia, items of traditional medicine, and amulets, symbols, artefacts, etc, of west-african religious fetishism. Here you can find, among a multitude of other interesting objects, shrunken animal heads, paws and other body parts.

A medicinal compound up fo sale could, for example, be pulverized bones of some specific animal made into a powder mixed with natural herbs and such. Such religious/folkloristic vodun-herbalism could act as remedies to a wide range of things, from banal ailments to severe, life-threatening conditions, or for general luck and prosperity in life. 

I really, really want to go there. 

Canadian early 20th century spiritualist medium Mary Ann Marshall exuding so-called ectoplasm during a seance. In late 19th-early 20th centuries, spiritualism and the communication with the dead was very popular and many scam-artists went to great lengths producing elaborate hoax ectoplasm and spirit photography.

Canadian early 20th century spiritualist medium Mary Ann Marshall exuding so-called ectoplasm during a seance. In late 19th-early 20th centuries, spiritualism and the communication with the dead was very popular and many scam-artists went to great lengths producing elaborate hoax ectoplasm and spirit photography.

Mind-blowing and staggering photographs from the Socotra islands of Yemen. The archipelago is very isolated and about a third of its fauna is endemic to the islands, meaning that it can not be found anywhere else. The islands are considered a profoundly well-preserved jewel of biodiversity with over 700 documented endemic species of plants and animals and has been described as “the most alien-looking place on earth”.

A person of the Mawe ethnicity indigenous to South America showcasing the infamous "bullet ant glove"; a notorious coming-of-age ritual, or rite of passage. The stings of these bullet ants are said to be so painful that they are compared to actual shots of a gun. The neurotoxins of this species of ant will paralyze the hands and cause excruciating pain, something the adept will apparently have to endure 20 times before completion of this ritual of adulthood.
A person of the Mawe ethnicity indigenous to South America showcasing the infamous "bullet ant glove"; a notorious coming-of-age ritual, or rite of passage. The stings of these bullet ants are said to be so painful that they are compared to actual shots of a gun. The neurotoxins of this species of ant will paralyze the hands and cause excruciating pain, something the adept will apparently have to endure 20 times before completion of this ritual of adulthood.
This is a Kangling (Tibetan: རྐང་གླིང།,), which is a musical instrument made out of a human thighbone. The instrument, which resembles a horn or a trumpet, is a ceremonial item used in Tibetan/Himalayan Buddhist ritualism. This particular Kangling is beautifully embellished with a metal Makara - the mythic Hindu sea creature.  

This is a Kangling (Tibetan: རྐང་གླིང།,), which is a musical instrument made out of a human thighbone. The instrument, which resembles a horn or a trumpet, is a ceremonial item used in Tibetan/Himalayan Buddhist ritualism. This particular Kangling is beautifully embellished with a metal Makara - the mythic Hindu sea creature.  

Photographs depicting two South-east Asian headhunters; the first being native to the Dayak people of Borneo island, and the other being native to the Igorot ethnicity of the Philippines. The anthropologic phenomenon of headhunting is attributed to different unconnected cultures worldwide, from Southeast Asia to the Amazon, and was practiced out of different reasons; sometimes for commerce/trade purposes or socioeconomic prosperity and status, but arguably mostly the practice had some kind of spiritual of ritualistic motif, such as good luck or the belief in the metaphysical “ingestion” or “overtaking” of the victims’ spirit or soul by the captor of the head.

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A photograph depicting the bruised, decomposing body of Ingrid Wolner, reported missing in late May, last seen and heard from in the Fjuckby municipality just a few miles outside Uppsala, Sweden. The battered corpse showed signs of severe sexual and physical trauma, stirring up intense media attention in the Uppsala region. The authorities report that they have no suspects as of yet. It is described as one of the most perplexing and gruesome murder cases in Uppsala in recent times.

No suspect as of late August, 2014. Body discovered late May.

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A photograph depicting the bruised, decomposing body of Ingrid Wolner, reported missing in late May, last seen and heard from in the Fjuckby municipality just a few miles outside Uppsala, Sweden. The battered corpse showed signs of severe sexual and physical trauma, stirring up intense media attention in the Uppsala region. The authorities report that they have no suspects as of yet. It is described as one of the most perplexing and gruesome murder cases in Uppsala in recent times.

No suspect as of late August, 2014. Body discovered late May.

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The Codex Gigas (English: Giant Book) is the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world. It is also known as the Devil’s Bible because of a large illustration of the devil on the inside and the legend surrounding its creation. It is thought to have been created in the early 13th century in the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice in Bohemia (modern Czech Republic). It contains the Vulgate Bible as well as many historical documents all written in Latin. During the Thirty Years’ War in 1648, the entire collection was stolen by the Swedish army as plunder, and now it is preserved at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm, on display for the general public.
According to one version of a legend that is already recorded in the Middle Ages, the scribe was a monk who broke his monastic vows and was sentenced to be walled up alive. In order to forbear this harsh penalty he promised to create in one single night a book to glorify the monastery forever, including all human knowledge. Near midnight he became sure that he could not complete this task alone, so he made a special prayer, not addressed to God but to the fallen angel Lucifer, asking him to help him finish the book in exchange for his soul. The devil completed the manuscript and the monk added the devil’s picture out of gratitude for his aid. In tests to recreate the work, it is estimated that reproducing only the calligraphy, without the illustrations or embellishments, would have taken 5 years of non-stop writing.
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The Codex Gigas (English: Giant Book) is the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world. It is also known as the Devil’s Bible because of a large illustration of the devil on the inside and the legend surrounding its creation. It is thought to have been created in the early 13th century in the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice in Bohemia (modern Czech Republic). It contains the Vulgate Bible as well as many historical documents all written in Latin. During the Thirty Years’ War in 1648, the entire collection was stolen by the Swedish army as plunder, and now it is preserved at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm, on display for the general public.

According to one version of a legend that is already recorded in the Middle Ages, the scribe was a monk who broke his monastic vows and was sentenced to be walled up alive. In order to forbear this harsh penalty he promised to create in one single night a book to glorify the monastery forever, including all human knowledge. Near midnight he became sure that he could not complete this task alone, so he made a special prayer, not addressed to God but to the fallen angel Lucifer, asking him to help him finish the book in exchange for his soul. The devil completed the manuscript and the monk added the devil’s picture out of gratitude for his aid. In tests to recreate the work, it is estimated that reproducing only the calligraphy, without the illustrations or embellishments, would have taken 5 years of non-stop writing.


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The Nanking Massacre was a 6-week episode of widespread mass murder, destruction, looting and mass rape committed by Japanese troops starting on December 13, 1937 against the eastern Chinese city of Nanking during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) fell victims to the atrocities committed by the Imperial Japanese Army. The first picture shows Japanese troops burying victims alive; the second picture shows a killed baby; the third shows an execution and the fourth a sexually profaned Chinese woman.