These Dazzling Blinged Out Skulls Will Leave You Yearning For The Afterlife

St. Felix, Gars-am-Inn, Germany

There was a time when we assumed our post-mortem days would be of the drab variety, that once all our earthly possessions had disintegrated into the earth only a measly skeleton would remain.

That time is no longer, thanks to an intoxicating photo series by Los Angeles based art historian Dr. Paul Koudounaris.

The collection, entitled "Heavenly Bodies," explores a treasure trove of underground tombs, all thought to hold the remains of early Christian martyrs.

"Skeletons of these supposed saints were subsequently sent to Catholic churches and religious houses in German-speaking Europe to replace holy relics that had been destroyed in the wake of the Protestant Reformation," explains Koudounaris' book of the same name. Basically, after much of the religious art was destroyed by Protestants, the 16th century church decided to treat selected skeletons as if they were saints. The lucky skeletons were then blinged out from skull to toe, drenched in wigs, crowns, jewels, furs and armor.

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