The Hendrick’s Lecture Series

“It is true, the spoken word enlightens both the spirit and the soul. Indeed, the HENDRICK’S Master Distiller can often be heard talking at length to her ‘two little sweeties’ – the delightful and peculiarly small copper pot stills from which the most unusual gin flows.”

DR PAUL KOUDOUNARIS ON ‘ SICILIAN SEX GHOSTS’

Wednesday the 22nd of August 2012
Doors at 6 pm, Show commences at 7 pm

Do you like sex? Do you like ghosts? Do you like Sicilians? If you answered yes to any of those questions, join The Last Tuesday Society at Viktor Wynd’s for a lecture by Dr. Paul Koudounaris on The Sex Ghosts of the Palermo Catacombs. Dr. Koudounaris is the author of an illustrated history of decoration in human bone, The Empire of Death, named one of the best books of 2011 by London’s Evening Standard; in the process of compiling that book, he also amassed folklore and ghost stories from around the world. At the Palermo Catacombs, Europe’s most haunted site, the dead do not go quietly into eternity. Rather, many of them exact their revenge on the living, and in the process let their desires run amok in a series of sexual exploits repressed during their lifetimes. Can the dead have sex with the living? Are they offended if their advances are declined? And what exactly goes on with the lascivious ghosts in Palermo? Learn the answers in a lecture that will prove to be bizarre, informative, and in a weird way perhaps titillating. Presented with a full slideshow.

Paul Koudounaris

Paul Koudounaris received a PhD in Art History from UCLA in 2006, which a specialty in the Baroque. He has taught at major universities in the Los Angeles area, and has written for dozens of magazines and newspapers in several countries, specializing in articles about veneration of the dead.

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