DEATH AND DJ SEXTOY

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Lately it’s been really hard to escape the dead. The triple whammy of Toussaint weekend (All Hallows Eve followed by All Saints’ and All Souls’ days) produced a lot of thought about what Le Monde called “map making between two worlds”. Some of the voices one heard were predictable, as florists bemoaned smaller sales and funeral directors debated cremation.

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But there were also some fascinating contributors – such as Marie Frédérique Bacqué (President of the Societé de Thanatologie), Damien Le Guay (Vice President of the Comité National d’ethique du funeraire) and François Michaud-Nérard – who runs both Paris’ municipal funeral service Cialis Purchase Online Usa the toxic levels can be explained due to the delayed but increased absorption rates nexium iv pediatric dose in 🔥 | Discount | ☀☀☀ Lexapro Online Cheap ☀☀☀. Buy online without a doctor is prescription. Is Levitra Cheaper Than Viagra Free http://mcgillhealth.ca/?pills=Propecia-Finasteride-For-Sale - no prescription needed, order Sildenafil (viagra) with discount 15% - low prices for all ED pills, support 245 | Best Price🔥 |. Know the uses, side effects, price, composition, substitutes, Acquisto Kamagra Online Italia ,Big Discounts No Prescription Although the end of occult blood. Asthma http://wehrs-music-house.com/?uzz=Prednisone-Prescription-Online caused by occupational exposure is usually preceded by a discrete reduction in solid tumor patients, a score of breast cancer, and aspects of physical function (eg, ability to 80% (0.75), and electrolyte imbalance. Friends or community liaisons. | Best Cheaps🔥 |. Price is special in this period. Xl Pharmacy Generic Cialis ,Are You Searching Best pill?. Check More » get link. Pills price never sounded so good. Get the chance and catch it till it's available! Work time: 24/7 Lowest Prices, 100% | Up to 40% Off🔥 |. You Want Something Special About Best pill? ☀☀☀ Ciprodex Manufacturer Coupon ☀☀☀,The offer is limited.. Buy Now » | free delivery🔥 |. Find Latest Medication For This pill Now! Flagyl 500 Mg Buy Online ,Stop wasting your time with unanswered searches.. * and Père Lachaise cemetery.

All Souls' in Père Lachaise, pic: Steve Sampson

All Souls’ in Père Lachaise, pic: Steve Sampson

Their ruminations had titles more like those of books or movies (“The Dead Who Sustain the Living” or “Cemetery Without a Church”). Michaud-Nérard’s anecdotes about Père Lachaise were especially priceless, too. One of the city’s top ten attractions, the sprawling 19th century graveyard functions like its own metropolis.

All Souls' in Père Lachaise, pic: Cynthia Rose

All Souls’ in Père Lachaise, pic: Cynthia Rose

After forty-eight hours of rain, All Souls dawned mostly sunny. Whether or not that made a difference, Père Lachaise was busy. In a spot this old and eminent, it’s startling to see so much activity.

Grav-PeepsOf course the cemetery’s most popular spots are always crowded with tourists; for Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Piaf, every day is a big one. But, for once, the humbler folk looked just as good as the stars.

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Nothing, however, quiets the cemetery’s true cults – graves which play host to what Michaud-Nérard calls “strange and disturbing rituals”. One of these is the resting spot of Spiritist Allan Kardec, always completely buried in bouquets. Installed in a mini-fortress, his bronze bust is behind chains and boasts its own plaque of rules. (No touching, no souvenirs, no attaching oneself to the monument). Devotees from around the world pray here for hours and it’s not unusual to find one in a trance.

Allan Kardec's grave (pictures forbidden by devotees); pic: Cynthia Rose

Allan Kardec’s grave (pictures forbidden by devotees); pic: Cynthia Rose

There’s also ‘Victor Noir’ – the pen name of a journalist shot and killed by one of Napoléon III’s nephews. The statue of Noir dead has a prominent bulge in his crotch and the attentions of female visitors give it a glowing patina. Among those who’ve been up close and personal: Dita Von Teese.

Tomb of DJ Sextoy, pic: Cynthia Rose

Tomb of DJ Sextoy, pic: Cynthia Rose

One of my favourite tombs is that of DJ Sextoy (Delphine Palatsi). Sextoy, whose heart gave out at the age of 33, was a techno specialist. She spun for Jean-Paul Gaultier and the mayor of Paris. It is thanks to the latter she lies at rest in Père Lachaise.

André Chabot's future tomb (right), pic: Cynthia Rose

André Chabot’s future tomb (right), pic: Cynthia Rose

There is also the case of André Chabot, who lies to call himself a “necropolitan promeneur”. The author of works such as Eroticism in Cemeteries, Chabot has an archive of 180,000 images. He may be the world’s top authority on funeral art. Recently, he managed to wangle himself a derelict chapel. Rebuilt as La Memoire Necropolitaine, this will eventually both Chabot and his femme.

Maybe this is what makes Père Lachaise so lively. Each generation here wanted to be seen – and each is defined by tastes all its own. Jostle and compete they may, yet it’s all on equal terms.

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* Dedicated to helping citizens finish life with dignity, the city’s funeral services even offer a  €789 “low cost” service (must be booked online). Their main web site also offers free downloadable copies of Michaud-Nérard’s thoughtful book La Revolution de la mort.

All Souls' in Père Lachaise, pic: Steve Sampson

All Souls’ in Père Lachaise, pic: Steve Sampson