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Victor Noir at Pere Lachaise Cemetery

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


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.