Tsutomu Yamaguchi – the Japanese man who survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki

It seems almost improper to suggest that fortune was smiling on Tsutomu Yamaguchi in the dying days of the second world war. He was one of an unknown number of survivors from the Hiroshima bombing had made their way to Nagasaki, where they were bombed again.

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Necropants: The Icelandic Pants of the Dead

Nábrókarstafur, or “Necropants,” is an Icelandic magical stave, or runelike symbol, associated with a pair of pants made from a dead man’s skin. As the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft cheerfully notes, ”If you want to make your own necropants, you have to get permission from a living man to use his skin after his dead.”

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In ancient Mesoamerica, mirrors were fashioned from stone and were regarded as portals to a supernatural realm

The use of mirrors in Mesoamerican culture was associated with the idea that they served as portals to a realm that could be seen but not interacted with. Mirrors in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica were fashioned from stone and served a number of uses, from the decorative to the divinatory.

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