I mentioned a more macabre side of Naples in a post before we left. I knew that there was an odd mix of superstitious beliefs with Christian religion in the many ways the people of Naples edthe cult of the dead. Knowing it was one thing, seeing it yourself, another.
I became quickly aware that skulls, bones, and skeletons were on ready display in this city. Bronze skulls, rubbed repeatedly by those passing by for good luck were in front of churches. It wasn't a recent phenomena as we saw in the mosaics excavated from Pompeii. The saints most commonly depicted with skulls and bones were very popular in churches here.
We even noticed skull motifs appearing in graffiti.
I started to collect these images with my camera and thought that today, Hallowe'en, would be a perfect day to share . . .