ARKANE Research

Research for my ARKANE novels ranges across religion, psychology, art, archaeology, history and international locations.
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vintagenatgeographic:    Neo-gothic castle on the Black Sea in Ukraine  National Geographic | May 1987

Swallow's Nest - Neo-gothic castle on the Black Sea in Ukraine National Geographic

rolling clouds, lightning

I Love ThunderStorms! I hear the rolling thunder.Thy power throughout the universe displayed .from "How Great Thou Art"

Cordoba﹐ Spain

Calle de las Flores al lado de la Mezquita de Córdoba, Spain with the Great Mosque of Cordoba in the background.

The Bizarrely Beautiful World of Relics in Religious History

The Bizarrely Beautiful World of Relics in Religious History

The hand of St. Francis Xavier is seen in a reliquary at the Jesuits' Church of the Gesu in Rome Sept. Relics of holy people have been venerated since early Christianity. I saw this, it's pretty scary.

The Bizarrely Beautiful World of Relics in Religious History

The Bizarrely Beautiful World of Relics in Religious History

One of the more controversial aspects of many religions is a history of preserving "relics," or pieces taken from the bodies of saints. Here are some of the most unusual examples of these macabre objects of veneration.

Tombs of the Prophets, Israel

Tombs of the Prophets (Peace Be Upon Them), Palestine

Image Credit: Paul Koudounaris

Gorgeously Creepy Photographs of the Bejeweled Skulls of Saints

Picture This: 'Heavenly Bodies' captures Rome's bejeweled catacomb saints

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