I never went to see the Body Worlds exhibit when it came to Minnesota a few years ago. The real human beings, preserved at death by “plastination” which replaces water and fat with plastic, stand nude – with body parts exposed – for eternity. It seemed a violation of their God-give dignity.
Friends who did go to Body Worlds reported that the bodies were displayed with respect. They were eloquent about experiencing wonder at the complexity of muscle and sinew. The people who were never buried were having a holy existence. I was unconvinced that they would be treated with respect for hundreds of years – until the plastic breaks down.
Body World body parts for sale
These poor bodies, trapped between death and the grave, are now up for sale, according to news reports. They are sold in pieces – you can buy a torso or just a head, or even just a slice. Buyers must have vaguely-defined research interests.
The respect for the real human lives is further undermined be sales of real-appearing glass replica parts, and by jewelry made from plastinated animal body parts.
The German regional Lutheran bishop and Catholic Bishop Zollitsch captured my sense of the progran:
“the human body shouldn’t be degraded and made into an object of spectacle, or a stock of spare parts.”
I pray they don’t become college dorm room decor.
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- Body parts for sale on internet by controversial anatomist ‘Dr Death’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- German bishops condemn online sale of Body Worlds corpses (deaconforlife.blogspot.com)
- Zsa Zsa’s Husband Wants To Plastinate Her Body After She Dies! (perezhilton.com)