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Victor Noir at Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Author: Posted on: August 21, 2009 at 9:44 am

Here lies
Victor Noir
Deceased age 22
19th century French journalist
Shot in a duel for publicly criticising a relation of Napoléon III

His tomb at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris depicts him in a life-size bronze statue, presumably the way he had fallen to his demise, his chapeau on the side, legs slightly apart and sporting a notable bulge in his trousers.

Victor Noir's tomb at Père Lachaise Cemetery

Also presumably life-size.

the notable bulge, rubbed to bronze

In life, he was known to be a womaniser, a sex symbol. In death, he became a fertility symbol. Women visit his tomb for a ritual. They touch his stiffness. They rub themselves against it. They perform all kinds of unmentionables. And it is all in the name of fertility, or curing sexual ailments, or better sexual gratification or even to find a husband. Men just look on and take photographs of the women performing various acts.

This photograph depicts one such woman who went as far as touching (OK… rubbing) the cold hard bronze in the name of such folklore.

Who am I to argue with tradition?

a female's touch on Victor Noir's Bulge


Corinne is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues.

She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards for 2013 and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List for 2013.

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12 Comments to “Victor Noir at Pere Lachaise Cemetery”

  1. Anil says:

    hahahaha, that is hillarious!!!

    • Gourmantic says:

      Anil - Thank you. I couldn’t help myself! :)

      Dave and Deb – 22 and already a ladies man! Though his statue makes him look much older.

  2. Dave and Deb says:

    Haha, I love it! I have no desire for fertility, so I will stay far away and take pictures if I ever visit. Fun post, poor guy though, we was so young!

  3. Daniel says:

    Gourmantic—this post is epic. For this reason, and this reason alone, I am going to revise my will to stipulate that I’m buried on my back! Haha! Just kidding. Maybe.

    • Gourmantic says:

      Daniel - Hello and welcome :)
      Your comment made me laugh out loud! Just make sure you request heavy duty bronze… come to think of it, maybe I should start writing epitaphs. Kidding. Well, maybe…

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  8. Bibiana says:

    I wonder if the poor guy got this much action when he was alive? He must be looking down with a big grin on his face

  9. Caesar says:

    The fertility effort is a rouse. The women hope that the young man will wizen up with maturity toward his prime years.

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