Thanatos meets Eros

Charles Cowling

A series of images here from the Cimitero Monumentale di Staglione in Genoa, Italy. No accompanying critique from me, I’m afraid; I haven’t a clue what the relationship is. Can you help us?

And finally, wholly unrelated, this:


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Graveyard Bunny
Graveyard Bunny
9 years ago

It might not be about sex, per se (although admittedly they are Italian) but rather a juxtaposition of youthful beauty with death to emphasise the fleetingness of life?

They also seem more sorrowful than, erm, horny, but then I’m no expert..

Charles Cowling
9 years ago

Gosh, interesting idea, Vale. Bunga Bunga death cult.

Vale
Vale
9 years ago

It strikes you that Berlusconi and his ‘Bunga Bunga’ parties are more deeply rooted in Italian culture than you might think.

Jon Underwood
Jon Underwood
10 years ago

The relationship between sex and death? That’s a biggie that quickly leads into complicated territory. Nevertheless I’ve been thinking about it and decided to give it a go. This is drawn from the Buddhist teachings of which I am a fan… They are both fundamental drivers of our behaviour. Sex is something we want, death is something we don’t want. The desire for sex can potentially be linked to a desire to ‘be’, to exist. Conversely the fear of death can be linked to a fear of annihilation. Sex and death are the ultimate want and don’t want things. But… Read more »