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Up To 60 Human Heads Discovered At Airport [18 Jun 2010|06:27am]

this group has been quiet for a little while now. here's a little news item which might bring back some interest, perhaps?

Up To 60 Human Heads Discovered At Airport

A US airline worker has discovered between 40 and 60 human heads during a routine security check, prompting fears of a black market trade in body parts.

Torcs and Mugwort [17 Jun 2007|05:52pm]

(Cross-posted to many groups)

I purchased a beautiful torc (made by Danny Hansen of www.craftycelts.com) and some mugwort smudge sticks at a gathering this weekend.

I am wondering if anyone has information about how torcs were used by the Celts (insular and/or continental), particularly information based on academic research/primary sources, although if you have information from other sources I am interested in hearing about that as well (just please cite sources whenever possible).

Mainly, I want to know how and when torcs were used, how they were dedicated, who they were worn by, how they were depicted in art, etc.

Re: the mugwort smudge sticks. There was a sign next to them saying that the Celts burned and used mugwort in a way similar to how American Indians use sage -- namely, for smudging/cleansing as a kind of purifying incense.

I am wondering if anyone has information about this use of mugwort (again, please cite sources if possible).

Thanks in advance.
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Diamond-encrusted platinum skull [02 Jun 2007|02:36pm]


Diamond-encrusted platinum skull
By Peter Aspden in London

Published: June 1 2007 18:50 | Last updated: June 1 2007 18:50

A diamond-encrusted, platinum skull by artist Damien Hirst, thought to be the most expensive piece of contemporary art ever created, was unveiled in a London gallery on Friday with a price tag of $99m (£50m).

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A Little Disturbing [21 Mar 2007|03:27pm]

and not a little disrespectful. in my opinion, one should treat a head better than this.

of course, it's better not to kill someone, if at all possible.

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Trophy Skull Sheds Light on Ancient Wari Empire [29 Jan 2007|05:37pm]

Trophy Skull Sheds Light on Ancient Wari Empire

Newswise — A team of archaeologists and Earthwatch volunteers led by Dr. Mary Glowacki and Louis Tesar uncovered an elite Wari cemetery at Cotocotuyoc this past summer in Peru’s Huaro Valley, near Cuzco. Among their finds was a “trophy skull,” which offers insight into warfare in the Wari Empire based here from 1,500 to 1,000 years ago.

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[13 Nov 2006|08:13am]

Severed heads gangs' new calling cards

Mexico | Beheadings are in ghoulish vogue as tools of terror for warring drug lords of Michoacan
Nov. 5, 2006. 01:00 AM

The drug lords at war in central Mexico are no longer content with simply killing their enemies. They are putting their victims' severed heads on public display.

In Michoacan, the home state of Felipe Calderon, who is to be sworn in as Mexico's president next month, 17 heads have turned up this year, many with bloodstained notes like the one found in the town of Tepalcatepec: "See. Hear. Shut Up. If you want to stay alive."

Many people in Michoacan's mountains are doing just that.

In one highland town, 18 of the 32 police officers quit after receiving death threats.

In the most gruesome case, gunmen burst into a nightclub and rolled five heads onto the dance floor.

In Zitacuaro, best known as a nesting ground for monarch butterflies, two heads were planted in front of a car dealership.

By a highway outside Tepalcatepec, suspected drug smuggler Hector Eduardo Bautista's tortured body was dumped on July 10.

Near a black metal cross erected by his family at the spot, killers apparently avenging his death have been leaving severed heads — five so far — each with a threatening message.

Beheadings and accompanying notes in sometimes cryptic and misspelled Spanish are becoming a ghoulish vogue among the gangs that grow marijuana, cook methamphetamine and run cocaine in Michoacan.

There have been 420 slayings in the state this year, including those of 19 police chiefs and commanders.

Juan Antonio Magana, the state's attorney general, says well over half the killings were drug-related — the work of smuggling gangs who have been reorganizing after authorities captured some of their top leaders.

Drug smuggling in Michoacan has traditionally been controlled by a syndicate known as Los Valencia. Police arrested its leader, Armando Valencia, in August 2003 and one of his lieutenants, Carlos Alberto Rosales Mendoza, a year later.

Now, anti-narcotics investigators say, the Gulf cartel based in northern Mexico is battling its way into Los Valencia territory, relying on Los Zetas, ex-Mexican army operatives-turned hit men. Los Valencia loyalists have fought back fiercely.

Many notes attached to slaying victims are signed "The Family," a possible reference to Los Valencia. Some mention "La Chata," a known alias for a top reputed Gulf cartel hit man.

"They don't need to leave written messages," says Magna.

"The mere fact they are using such high levels of violence is sending messages of intimidation, causing fear.

"But doing it shows other gangs they can act in even more gruesome, violent ways than their rivals."

With a vast and sparsely populated Pacific coast and the rugged Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, Michoacan is good territory for producing and smuggling drugs.

Many farmers have abandoned avocado, coffee and corn in favour of marijuana in the highlands, where roads are few and police can't easily penetrate.

Smuggling gangs have cleared forests for airstrips. Small planes crammed with Colombian cocaine streak in, leaving loads that are ferried to the coast and stowed on fast boats that speed north to the U.S. border.

Michoacan also has become a den for hidden meth labs.

Journalists statewide have covered the murders, but some have avoided digging further after receiving death threats.

The latest reported warning came on Oct. 13, when police recovered the body of an unidentified man who had been shot 38 times and dumped outside the town of Tacambaro.

An attached note in fluorescent yellow marker appeared aimed directly at the media.

"The family and the ZZs are the same thing," it read. "Media outlets, don't sell out."

Yay! look how trendy we are: [30 Oct 2006|07:31pm]

Bone appetit! Fashion tastes turn to skulls

Jaimee Rose and Ginger Murphy
The Arizona Republic
Oct. 30, 2006 12:00 AM

Halloween is nearly here. The jack-o'-lanterns have been relighted, the bags of candy stashed, and only the finishing touches remain on the costume.

Yet this year, signs of the dark side are not just popping up on trick-or-treaters. Skulls and crossbones - once the mark of cultural outsiders and those who consider themselves to be involved in the occult - now are a favorite of hipster moms, the fashion forward and a few kids with progressive parents.

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The Celtic Cult of the Severed Head... or not... [26 Dec 2005|11:45pm]

The Celtic Cult of the Severed Head... or not...
By: skullarix

I find that most practitioners of a Celtic-ish path will not or do now cover the Cult of the Severed Head. I decided when I overhauled this website that I would touch up on this subject.

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So what did you think?
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Skull Fragments May Be Beethoven's [20 Nov 2005|09:00pm]

Tests: Skull Fragments May Be Beethoven's
By LISA LEFF, Associated Press Writer
Thu Nov 17,10:30 PM ET

A California businessman said Thursday that skull fragments that once belonged to his great-great-uncle in 19th century Europe very likely came from German composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Just an AP story [09 Nov 2005|08:35am]

That's getting picked up by various papers.

Bolivians worship with human skulls

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Tale From the Crypt Or, How to Get a Head in Politics Without Really Trying [21 Oct 2005|06:24pm]

Tale From the Crypt Or, How to Get a Head in Politics Without Really Trying from the Washington Post

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Scientists Detail Study of Kennewick Man [11 Jul 2005|10:14pm]

[ mood | sad ]

(Though not a 'cult' related item I thought the photos and information regarding the skull were interesting)

Scientists Detail Study of Kennewick Man

SEATTLE - Cloistered around padded tables, scientists from around the country have been peering through microscopes and measuring bone fragments trying to unearth the history of an ancient skeleton found along the Columbia River.


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[05 Jul 2005|09:37pm]

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Adult raccoon skull found in a field, decorated with ink and acrylic paint. For sale.

Hobbit was 'not a diseased human' [06 Mar 2005|09:47pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Hobbit was 'not a diseased human'
By Paul Rincon
BBC News science reporter

The famous skeleton from Indonesia nicknamed the "Hobbit" does not belong to a modern human pygmy with a brain disease, as some scientists argue.
That is one of the main outcomes of a detailed examination of the creature's braincase, published in Science.

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Archaeologists Baffled by Headless Bodies Find [25 Feb 2005|09:16pm]

Archaeologists Baffled by Headless Bodies Find

By Nick Foley, PA

Archaeologists have been left mystified by the discovery of 36 decapitated bodies, it was revealed today.

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[23 Feb 2005|05:52pm]

[ mood | annoyed ]

My journal is in read only mode most of the time now, so I get a very little window of oportunity to post...

We must not overlook that in the Welsh version of the Grail Quest, (the tale of Peredur), the Grail is neither a vase, nor a cauldron, but a severed head, bathed in blood and borne on a platter. This speaks to the value of the head not only as a receptacle of life and thought, but also of the mysterious and undoubtdly divine Enerty that sometimes is manifested by what is called the "Light of Heoroes," a ray of light that seems to emanate from the head of the most extraordianry individuals. To view this "Light of Heoroes," as the aura, the subtle or astral body, changes nothing as far as what concerns us here. It is a matter of all the links the visible to the invisible world, something infinitely precious that explains both the rite of the Severed Heads and the tenacity shown in the acquisition or conservation of such heads. This is certainly one of the more original and specific features of Druidic liturgy."
Exerpt from The Druids by Jean Markale

Now what I want to know is, do any of the pagans out there some how incorporated the head/skull in ritual?

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Hobbit skull in tug of war [31 Jan 2005|07:47pm]

Hobbit skull in tug of war
Anna Salleh ABC Science Online

A diplomatic stoush between Indonesian and Australian scientists over access to the Hobbit-human's skull could be resolved by the end of the year.

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Fairly Trivial [21 Jan 2005|06:04pm]

but, who doesn't want skull checks?
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Skull and crossed bones? [18 Jan 2005|09:40pm]

[ mood | curious ]

So does anyone have any thoughts on how the sacred head had become the skull and crossed bones we find on poisons? Or if they are even the same?

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[11 Jan 2005|07:00pm]


My skull tat
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