Friday, October 24, 2014


In last weeks class I got to learn a few interesting bits about France. For instance the french had their own Angelina Jolie by the name Josephine Baker for she adopted children of different nationalities. She had a total of twelve children.

Josephine was an American born dancer who later became a french sensation. Popularly known for her banana dance and song J'ai Deux amours The song translates to the love of her life her country America and Paris.Her dance rhythm wasn't your normal for some that were present at that time explained that her dance moves were often comic and the Broadway shows she starred she often stood out.She is referred to as the first black international superstar. 

I was also fascinated  by the  l'Ossuaire Municipal which is famously known as the Catacombs of Paris. It was opened in the 18th century in Paris and has gained a reputation as the worlds largest grave for it hosts a total of six million people. 

During the 9th century most of the french dead bodies were buried in church yards or around the churches. By the end of the century the burial sites were overflowing. The popular being Les innocents Cemetery. To the point that to make room for more burials the bones of the long dead were exhumed and their bones packed into the roofs and the walls of the galleries built to the inside of the cemetery walls. This still didn't help the situation and so did the decrees  they put up limiting the use of cemeteries.
 They opted to  Ban parish cemeteries within city limits. Which was hastened by the collapse of the basement wall in 1780,  a property adjoining the cemetery collapsed.

Louis Etienne Hericart de Thury, he is the one known to have directed the stacking of skulls and femurs into the patterns seen today and used the cemetery decorations he could find to complement the wall of bones.


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