Posts Tagged ‘France’

Thanks to the Youtube channel series ‘Ask a Mortician’ I ended up travelling to Lincoln Cathedral. I spent a good twenty minutes from the car park up the steep hill to get there and was not disappointed, it was worth the walk and I got plenty of good exercise too.

According to Wikipedia they are also known as transi, and the term Cadaver Tomb refers to a variety of monuments. Thee carving is of a decayed/decaying body with the shroud wrapped around it. Some of them have another sculpture above of the persons likeness before their death. The term includes both the single cadaver monument and the ‘double decker’ that hosts the alive and dead.

The one I went to see if the one at Lincoln Cathedral, it is of Bishop Richard Fleming who died in 1431. It’s said to be the earliest surviving one in England and I took a video and pictures, you can enjoy the link –

There are examples in Italy too, including in Rome at the tomb of Pope Innocent III. France also has examples, Henry II is buried in ice.

I found a very good and lengthy resource.

http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/4274/2/DX082064_1.pdf

Cadaver tombs look dramatic and macabre, with perhaps a deep meaning for those of faith. A reminder that the body must decay so the soul can be released, once left to dust the soul would not longer be trapped and paired, instead the soul would be released and thanks to prayers (and of course money) the soul could ascend.

My last one to look at is a transi-monument that really went the full hog… René de Chalon’s memorial is at Saint-Étienne Church at Bar-le-Duc in France. The young prince died at age 25, either his wife asked or he had asked her, but the upshot was the memorial was about a life-sized skeleton with strips of skin over it, a right hand clutching at the rib cage. He wanted the left hand holding up his heart up high. The hand once held his real and dried heart but somewhere along the lines it was believed to have been stolen during the French Revolution.

I didn’t get to France but I did appreciate the one I found more locally. I hope you like the pics I got courtesy of my phone.

 

In Bordeaux, France is a scenic place in Haux that dates back to the 15th Century, it was used for vineyards to produce Semillion and Sauvignon Blanc. In 2003 the Chateaux was brought by the Holmes family and it is now being run as a hotel.

La Gorce has a reputation for being haunted, escalated no doubt thanks to Ghost Hunters International, due to it being cursed when the German’s seized it during World War II. They made it into a Nazi post.

Voices screaming things such as ‘fight’ have been heard by guests, other reports have come in about apparitions of soldiers, little girls and shadows in the hallways.

Whilst investigating Ghost Hunters International found problems with otherwise usually good equipment, EVP’s from the TV team and others also caught voices with things such as ‘This is mine’ and ‘get out’, some also believe that they have heard the name Pierre.

Another report says that a force pinned a woman to her bed one night, this has apparently been an experience for more than one guest. Have you been there and experienced anything?

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Saint Hilaire Ossuary is in Marville, France and home to about 40,000 skulls. It was constructed towards the end of the 15th Century and many of the skulls in boxes seem to be those of the men and women of Marville who died around 1780-1860.

It seems that during 1890 the cemetery keeper, Constant Motsch, decided that in order to make more space in the cemetery he would dig up older graves with no perpetual concession (Permanent claim to the grave site). He kept the skulls and longer bones and put the commoners in boxes, keeping the lords and gentry aside. The skulls look out of their boxes and some have unfortunately weathered over the long years. Above their heads reads “we were like you – you will become one of us”.

The cemetery is one of the oldest ones in France and is situated on an old Roman temple dedicated to Mars. It served as the parish church until village residents found it to be too long a walk, a new construct was made closer by. The cemetery however stayed in use from the 15th to 18th century.

The entrance to the cemetery has a crucifix called Christ of the Lepers and within the grounds is a Pieta decided to their suffering.

Japan Air Lines, Flight 1628, is a UFO incident that occurred on 17th November, 1986. The aircraft was a Boeing 747 cargo plane going from Paris, France to Narito, Tokyo.

On the Reykjarvik to Anchorage sction at 5.11pm. The crew witnessed two unidentified objects to the left. Each had two rectangular arrays of what looked to be glowing nozzles and the rest of them were in darkness. The two UFO’s left, a third much larger disk-shaped UFO then followed them instead, the pilot’s requested a change of course.

The pilots were granted the change, an oncoming American Airlines plane and a military plane came to join them in order to confirm it’s presence. The crafts sighed JAL1628 but could not see any other aircraft.

The 50 minute long sighting had ended in the vicinity of Mt. McKinley.

A post that might be of more use to any readers that are intrigued…

 

http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case287.htm

Mattituck Trail has a cave formerly inhabited by Leatherman, who may have been Jules Bourglay, he got his name from always being dressed in 60 pounds of leather. The strange vagabond took the 365 mile loop between the Connecticut and Hudson rivers; he would walk the route endlessly. From (approximately) 1858 – 1889 he walked it 360 times using caves along the way as rest stops.  Locals would provide the man with extra food when he came past and he was found in Saw Mill Woods cave in Sing Sing, New York sometime in 1889. He was very precise and would arrive at the same location every 34 days. 

He was known mostly by the fact that he would communicate with grunts or strange gestures, and his clothes were crudely stitched leather from his hat down to his shoes. It was something that could protect him from the harsh New England elements, and he would only sleep outside whatever the time of year.

This strange character was first spotted in Connecticut in 1862, and many who encountered him found they wanted to know more about the stranger.  He was born into the Bourglay family, in Lyons, France and their income was made from the business of woodcutting. They were a family that was lower middle-class in a time when station in life seemed to be an important factor. He fell in love with Miss Margaret Laron, daughter of a wealthy merchant, and asked her father for her hand in marriage. It was met with objection, most likely due to his poor station however after a long time of persuasion he was granted a chance to work in the Laron’s leather business, if he could acquire the trade and become successful then he would be allowed to marry her.

In 1855 he was doing well, he brought leather and dealt with the business successfully but overnight having made a purchase they awoke the following day to find the price had gone down by 40%. A new tanning process had brought the cost down significantly but he had not paid attention to the technology and was then stuck with the large pile of leather that could only be sold at a loss. The business was ruined thanks to his decision and he was too ashamed to return home. He was never seen in Lyon’s again, and in fact never seen in France again. It is thought he wandered the country as a beggar and then got himself in the USA.

The harsh winter of 1888 caught up with the man now in his 60’s, He made it through the winter but eventually he died in the cave at George Dell Farm in Briarcliff Manor, New York.  Today the caves he was in are part of a hiking trail and rangers will provide a map of his travels if requested, or you can probably get one online.

It is said that he haunts the caves he used to visit regularly and that the Mattituck one is one of the most popular. The cave is on the trail around two miles south-east of Black Rock State Park on Rt 6 in Watertown.

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