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I’ve half-heartedly asked family members if I could have some of their bones after they died. Of course, the answer I received was a resounding “NO.” A great Yule present could be a family members foot bones made into a necklace.

It seems like bone jewelry and memorabilia was a common practice in some ancient cultures and is a common practice in some contemporary cultures. Tibet is renowned for their bone jewelry today. Most of it is made from yak bones but some is still made from human bones.

A recent archeological find in Peru illustrates the human desire for bone jewelry. Many skeletons were found missing their feet. The feet were not cut off while they were alive, like the gruesome practice performed on African slaves in the New World, they were removed after they died. The family members used the bones to make jewelry, which was a common practice in Ancient Peru.

Source: 16 Skeletons Missing Feet

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Comment by Karen Black on December 13, 2018 at 11:34am

The poses several questions to me. Is a human foot-bone necklace created as a way of remembering your deceased loved-ones? Or is there another reason, like a battle trophy? If you have more than one how can you remember which one is from which person? Is there any significance placed on which foot you use? Also, what if you have 6 children who each want a necklace when you die? Would all the bones be divided by 6 or would only the 2 oldest sons get a necklace? I find this very interesting.

Comment by Enigma on December 13, 2018 at 12:29pm

Very good questions my lady.

Comment by Evelyn Elderwyck on December 18, 2018 at 11:48pm
I'm reminded of elephants that go to their graveyards and remember loved ones that have passed. They caress their bones much like a kid who has to have a treasured toy or blankie everywhere they go.. Personally I can't agree but.. I understand the sentiment. For me it comes across either a bit like a trophy or a representation of the past that I feel a loved one would never be able to let go of. I want my body and bones turned to dust and either scattered in a forest or put in a pot for an oak seed to be planted in. I don't want to be mourned repeatedly. Let my body give back what its due. Return the energy I've taken and give it back to the earth to give life to others and thereby complete the circle.
Comment by Enigma on December 19, 2018 at 10:01am

The elephants recognizing the bones of their dead is very interesting.


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