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
9 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 »