Danish Photographer Ken Hermann, most commonly known for his portrait, editorial and commercial photography, has caught our attention with his series capturing the Sadhus, also known in sanskrit as “Good Men”. The title of his series, “Holy Men” showcases the vibrant visual traditions of these nomadic recluse men who devote their life to their own spiritual practice. Traditionally only found in Hindu traditions, this type of practice is the exorcise/meditation of leaving behind all materials and sexual attachments of life. They dwell alone in caves, forests, and temples all over India and Nepal.
Typically covering their face with ash and/or paint the Sadhu’s appear more colorful then the average monk or worshiper, thus further separating them from the common populous. The colorful paint represents which Deity they have devoted their life to while the ash signifies the death of their worldly life.
To see more of Ken Hermann’s beautiful work, visit his website.
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“I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence.” – Socrates
The idea that there is a life after death is something found throughout the theologies of the world. While those concepts maybe tied closely to Hinduism’s “reincarnation” or Catholicism idea of “Heaven” we have found another way to capture life after death. While cruising the internet we came across an article about a historian, author and photographer who unveiled an ancient ode to the afterlife. We resinate well with Paul Koudounaris‘s appreciation for the after life and the glorification of what typically may not be seen as beautiful.
While researching for his book, The Empire of Death, his curiosity led him into the woods to a small deteriorating chapel near the Czech border. What he found inside was both magical and mind-blowing. Hidden behind some old wooden planks, Koudounaris found himself in the presence of death itself. Large glass eyes wedged into decayed, cavernous sockets, it was in this moment that Paul began his journey into the abyss of the afterlife.
As Koudounaris continued to research these bejeweled remains, he began to delve into what was soon to be discovered as the “Catacomb Saints”. These adorned bones are considered holy Catholic Saints since the 16th and 17th centuries. Catholics viewed these religious remains as protectors and embodiments of the beauty of the afterlife.
Covered in highly precious jewels and dripping in real gold these bones are given an extension to life.
At Child of Wild we have unearthed a way to make life after death a form of art and we aim to transform what could be thought of as unattractive into something stunning. By taking animal skulls and adding intricate designs full of vintage jewelry and decorative trims we thus give the animal a second life. We view our skull designs as a way of glorifying not only the animal but the concept around death. We play with bringing a feminine touch to the already masculine aesthetic of a bulls skull.
We receive tons of comments and questions about our decorated skulls, and we’d love to continue to hear what you think about this rare art form below in our comments section. We are passionate about these bones and the inimitable beauty that they contain. Like Paul, finding beauty in uncommon places can thus create unworldly art.
(via This is Colossal & The Smithsonian)
We are constantly swooning over our insanely beautiful and traditional Indian headpieces. We carry an array of authentic, intricate, handmade head adornments that are traditionally worn by brides in India. Check out our headpieces, tika’s, and of course our rad and colorful bindi’s.
We’ve received tons of emails from clients wondering how to style and specifically how to wear these (they can be fairly confusing!). Today we’re going to break it down and show you some tricks of the trade when it comes to these gorgeous Indian accessories.
Each headpiece is meant to hook into your hair via the little hooks pictured above. It’s pretty much impossible to make these stay securely so we’ve laid out the supplies you’ll need to make sure these beautiful babes stay snug on your noggin while your head-banging to our lady Florence at Coachella
Bobby pins are necessary when securing these beauties to your head. You can find them at your local drugstore or you can always buy them here. Definitely try and match the color of the bobby pins to your hair so they blend in nicely.
You’re probably thinking, “WTF what does eyelash glue have to do with this headpiece?!” Trust us this is ESSENTIAL when it comes to keeping these dangly ornaments from sliding around your forehead. Again, you can find eyelash glue at any drugstore, we chose LashGrip because we like how the glue dries clear.
Step 1: Place the headpiece on your head and secure each hook with bobby pins.
Step 2: Once you have secured the headpiece, take your eyelash glue and add a little dab to the back of the hanging adornment. Let it dry and…VOILA! No budging, sliding, just straight gypsy jewels on that beautiful head!
We’d love to see how you style your headpieces! Comment below or tag us in your instagram posts using #ChildofWild !
This is a place where we can share all of which inspires us everyday as we explore cultures, art and style. Join us as we jump down the Rabbit Hole and delve in the unknown, the insane, and the unpredictability of this world. We wish to explore, uncover, educate and inspire. As we always say, the weirder the better, so come vibe with us.
(Image via Abbey Watkins)