Capuchin catacombs in Palermo, Italy

 

Mummification is obviously most closely linked with ancient Egypt, but it is a varied and culturally broad burial trend. Here are some examples of its more modern manifestations—from self-mummification, a brutal practice that only came to light in Japan in the 1960s, to more traditional embalming.

Fair warning: The images in this article might be disturbing to some readers. We are, after all, talking about preserving human bodies.

Read – if you dare! – the entire article at Atlas Obscura.

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