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Lustucru: From Severed Heads to Ready-Made Meals

- June 13, 2019 in bogeyman, Culture & History, decapitation, folklore, forge, les précieuses, Lustucru, misogyny, pasta, violence

Jé Wilson charts the migration of the Lustucru figure through the French cultural imagination — from misogynistic blacksmith bent on curbing female empowerment, to child-stealing bogeyman, to jolly purveyor of packaged pasta.

Salome with John The Baptist’s Head at the Rijksmuseum

- June 6, 2013 in bible, collections, decapitation, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, Images, Images-16th, Images-17th, john the baptist, king herod, Rijksmuseum, salome, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide

And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and [...]