“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Ɯbermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarÄ«, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Victorian Taxidermy

I've always had a fascination with antique taxidermy, sometimes a point of conflict with my love for animals. I've been able to vaguely justify it by saying "what's done is done," if only to appreciate the cleverness and macabre aesthetic of older pieces without encouraging, financially or otherwise, the killing and use of animals this way now. Yeah, that reeks of hypocritical bullshit, but there is no denying the intrinsic appeal of this stuff. These are highlights of the excellent page found here discussing the cross-pollination of Victorian children's book illustrations and creative taxidermy. I've archived the best examples here because I've seen too many great websites such as this disappear without notice....

"Hermann Ploucquet's work became famous when he was one of fourteen taxidermists to display examples of their work at the Great Exhibition of 1851. His anthropomorphic displays were immensely popular with the public, and Queen Victoria described them in her diaries as really marvellous. His scenes included a declaration of love between two weasels, a dormouse duel, hedgehogs ice-skating, and six kitten serenading a piglet underneath her window. His most popular work, however, was a series of six tableaux illustrating the German fable Reinecke the Fox based on Wilhelm von Kaulbach's illustrated work of Goethe's tale."

Taxidermy by Hermann Ploucquet.
Interpretation of drawing by Hermann Ploucquet.
The duel, not by Plouquet, but certainly an influence.
"The Death" by Walter Potter.
The duel, not by Plouquet, but certainly an influence.
Hermann Ploucquet.
The "game", by unknown taxidermist. Very much in the Vitorian style of Walter Potter
The "Rats" den by Walter Potter
The "Prize fight" by Edward Hart
The dual, not by Plouquet, but certainly an influence.
The Siamese pigs.
Not by Plouquet, but certainly an influence.
Not by Plouquet, but certainly an influence.


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