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These Sorcerer's 'Necropants' Are Made of Real Human Skin [NSFW]

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As a fan of horror and all things macabre, you've encountered many stories of sorcerers, evil scientists and deranged killers who fashion horrific effigies out of human parts. From H.P. Lovecraft's mythical Necronomicon to the exploits of real-life necrophile Ed Gein and his fictional counterpart “Buffalo Bill” in The Silence of the Lambs, human-skin apparel is a recurring motif in tales of terror... and the practice itself dates back centuries.
 
Necropants
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Case in point: this grotesque specimen of “Necropants” (nábrók), on display at the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft, was once used in rituals by practitioners of magic in the 17th century. According to legend, a person could become wealthy by making a special agreement with a friend or relative: whichever of you dies first, the other will remove and wear the dead person's skin (everything below the waist, as you can see). They can also pass the luck to future generations by convincing some other poor sucker to don them before the current wearer dies. The catch: if you fail to pass them on to another wearer before you die, your soul is damned forever.
 
Oh, but there's so much more... the museum has translated the ritual guidelines on how to make your own nábrók, and those instructions go into seriously gross detail. As I'm sure you already know, the practice is quite illegal, but drop by the site and read them anyway. I'm pretty sure you'll never look at leather clothing quite the same way again.
 
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