In the same bucket as premeditated Seances, so called charlatans also took pride into continuing the lie with photography. It seems as soon as photography was invented, it soon got hacked. I found hundreds of pictures with not only staged ghosts (double exposure), but actual Ectoplasm coming from mouths of these so said Seance’s. And then when you think were done, Bring in Post mortem photography. Post-mortem photography (also known as memorial portraiture or a mourning portrait) is the practice of photographing the recently deceased
These photographs of deceased loved ones were a normal part of American and European culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Commissioned by grieving families, postmortem photographs not only helped in grieving, but often represented the only visual remembrance of the deceased and were among a family's most precious possessions. There can be considerable dispute as to whether individual early photographs show a dead person or not, but again, damn. I’m not sure I miss anyone that much to take a selfie while their dead. But, let’s go back a tad bit farther. While doing research on Seances and clever pictures featuring tricks and dead members., I bring you a little-known art I stumbled crossed. Welcome the infamous “Sin Eaters”.
Since at least the early 1600’s and all the way to the earliest years of the 20th century, “sin-eating”, a rather macabre profession that arose from folklore legends and peculiar supernatural beliefs, was a common line of work across the rural areas of the British Isles. Grieving family members of the recently deceased would pay the village sin-eaters to rid their departed loved ones from all the sins they had accumulated during their lives, and the sin-eaters would then perform an eerie ritual that supposedly allowed the dead to enter Many people believed that a piece of bread or pastry, which was placed on the chest or the face of the dead person, was able to absorb all of the deceased’s sins: family members gathered around the corpse to drink ale and mourn, and a sin-eater would literally eat the sins of the deceased by consuming these funerary snacks. While eating, the sin-eater would recite a special prayer: “I give easement and rest now to thee, dear man. Come not down the lanes or in our meadows. And for thy peace, I pawn my own soul. Amen.” …. Damn. What’s funny about this profession of sorts, is that it was based in Christianity. Go figure. And to add to the insult, sin-eaters were those who not only enabled the souls of the dead to safely ascend to Heaven but also as those who prevented the sin-plagued dead from returning to Earth in spectral form as ghosts or wraiths, they were usually shunned from their communities and forced to live in isolation. Let’s give props to the last known Sin -Eater, Richard Munslow. Died in 1906 with all those sins swallowed. Rest in peace sir.