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The Dark Water Codex

I’m working on something inspired by Aztec codices. At the moment, it’s just got the Aztec day symbols around the border but I want to put something in the centre that’s related to Tlaloc, the god of rain and water. I also want to write the words ‘Dark Water’ on it but that would make it look more like a European illustrated manuscript than an authentic native mesoamerican codex. Then again, maybe a fusion of styles isn’t such a bad idea. After all, I’m not setting out to make a forgery. Thoughts?

An early layout for a Dark Water codex.

An early layout for a Dark Water codex.

Honour your deceased loved ones

There are some interesting ways to treasure your dearly departed nowadays. You can have their ashes turned into a diamond to wear in an item of jewellery. You can have the ashes moulded into an acrylic paperweight (see here, actually looks quite nice!).

If you were a roving man-about-The-Andes in ancient times, these options weren’t available to you, so…what to do? It turns out you could stop in at a ‘render while you wait’ mortuary where your loved one’s bones would be de-fleshed in quicklime so you could resume your travels with Dad and Mum, or your spouse, tucked neatly into your kitbag in tidy bundles of bone! Don’t believe me? See here…

The chances are, someone has already thought of your idea, however crazy it may seem.