The Middle Kingdom

I'm the shaggy, dreaded, trail worn but benevolent beast with a history of failed social lives, that people are afraid to let their children go near or walk on their carpets.

But I mean only the best.


Autumn writing desk details.

Dear sweet goodness. Hey I recognize that little journal on the bottom there. 


Some day I will go to Aarhus
To see his peat-brown head,
The mild pods of his eye-lids,
His pointed skin cap.

In the flat country near by
Where they dug him out,
His last gruel of winter seeds
Caked in his stomach,

Naked except for
The cap, noose and girdle,
I will stand a long time. - From ‘The Tollund Man' by Seamus Heaney.

Bog Bodies

Image One: Hanged with a leather cord and cast into a Danish bog 2,300 years ago, Tollund Man was probably a sacrifice. Like other bodies found preserved in Europe’s peat bogs, he poses haunting questions. How was he chosen? Who closed his eyes after death? And what god demanded his life?

Image Two: Oldcroghan Man was found without a head or legs at the foot of a hill that has marked a border in Ireland since ancient times. Today two townlands come together at that spot, west of Dublin. Two thousand years ago it served as the boundary of two kingdoms—the territories of Tuath Cruachain and Tuagh na Cille. Eamonn Kelly, keeper of Irish antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland, believes Oldcroghan Man was sacrificed to a fertility goddess at the inauguration of a new king, then dismembered and sown in pieces along the kingdom’s border to bring protection and prosperity. 

Image Three: Some 1,600 years after his death, “Red Franz” still has much of his hair and beard, though the bog waters have dyed it red. From deformities in his bones, it appears that he spent much of his life on horseback. Recent studies of his body, found a century ago in Germany, have determined that he survived an arrow wound and a broken shoulder and was killed when someone slit his throat.

Image Four: Mutilated by the iron rods of workers dredging peat from a Dutch bog, Yde Girl’s body offers clues to her death. The band of fabric around the 16-year-old’s throat suggests she was strangled. She may have been chosen for sacrifice because of a deformity revealed by a CT scan: a curvature in her spine.

(Source: National Geographic)

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