Giving My Bones to the Western LandsAre you, by any chance, a bone collector? Then you know that bones needs to be stored. A charnel house is a vault or building where human skeletal remains are stored. They are often built near churches for depositing bones that are unearthed while digging graves. The term can also be used more generally as a description of a place filled with death and destruction. Ossuaries are chambers for storing human bones and commonly described as places founded to house skeletal remains when cemeteries were overcrowded and burial space was scarce. There is a slight difference between them. Charnel refers to a place where human remains are stored or buried, while an ossuary is a container or room specifically designed for the storage of bones. In charnel houses, bones are not just stacked upon each other. They are often arranged and/or decorated in an artistic way and have a deeper symbolic meaning. Most people think that presenting bones in this way is macabre. Charnel houses exists in many countries: Austria, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and elsewhere. Death is omnipresent, no matter the people, eras, societies or cultures. How death is conceived is, on the other hand, different. Art has played an important role in portraying and interpreting death. Through art, people have manifested their beliefs and attitudes towards death. The concept of death in art has a deeper and symbolic meaning than death in ordinary life. If you like to study charnel houses then dead Dr. Paul Koudounaris book "The Empire of Death", which includes detailed photos and text about the remarkable memorials within the cultures that created them, as well as the mythology and folklore that developed around them. Macabre or not. What's not to like?

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