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A shop selling pickled human body parts, flesh and animal skulls

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12th February, 2019 06:44:25 printer

A shop selling pickled human body parts, flesh and animal skulls

When you walk into Curiosities from the 5th Corner , you're greeted by Scandinavian music and burning white sage incense sticks which create a mist of smoke across the room.

 

The shop is filled with hundreds of weird, wonderful and slightly odd items, including pickled body parts, human flesh and stuffed animals.

 

Henry Scragg, the man behind the huge collection and Essex shop, sells items for anywhere between £10 and £2,650, reports Essex Live .

The body parts, including a human fetus and women's ovaries, are kept in jars.

 

They are preserved in formaldehyde, a solution that preserves and fixes tissues and organs, before being transferred into an alcohol and distilled water solution.

 

Henry said: "Now and then I have to change the fluid or top them up and remove any bits that fall off.

 

"The human specimens are usually old medical specimens or tribal pieces from various cultures around the world.

 

"We are generally used to burial or cremation but other cultures treat remains in a different way, respecting them visually in their remains.

 

"I understand that some people don’t get it or think it’s disrespectful or wrong to sell remains because as a society we don’t generally know about the traditions of other cultures.

 

 

"It’s fine, it’s also easier to get angry at someone than research the information."

Henry gave up his job as a gardener at Anglia Ruskin University five years ago to pursue his interest in 'macabre curiosities'.

 

He said: "When I was young I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was lost. So I spent the majority of my life trying to follow others but I was never happy and I was never myself.

 


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